Hawick hoodoo lifted as Dingers become winners

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It might have taken them four attempts, but Duns nailed their colours to the mast in recording their first win of the season over Hawick Royal Albert on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

After Ronald Fleming came close to putting the Albert ahead with a thundering free kick in the early stages, Duns showed what they had to offer with a well-worked move that ended in Gary Waddell being kept at bay by a fine save from Dean Fry. The Dingers were looking the likelier side and with 32 minutes gone, the home men took a deserved lead.

Former Albert striker Michael Robinson did the necessary, slotting away a Des Chisholm cross which entered the net via the post.

Duns went further in front with two minutes of the first half remaining, once again the impressive Robinson producing the scoring touch when slotting his shot out of the reach of Fry.

Hawick began to drift more into the picture in the second half and Michael Smith fluffed an early opportunity to reduce the leeway.

Duns keeper Steven Mason then halted the Albert in their tracks with a top-notch save, tipping away a net-bound Graeme Young drive.

Bidding for their fourth league victory of the season Duns still had plenty to offer, though, and Martyn Tait had a free kick well saved by Fry.

With six minutes remaining, the Duns defence failed to clear and Paul Brown stepped in to crack a low shot into the far corner of the net, but the resurgence came too late.