Hawick Royal Albert 0-3 Huntly

Highland League football.
Highland League football.

Two goals during the opening half hour of the game as well as a last minute strike put an end to Hawick Royal Albert’s hopes and dreams of gaining a spot in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Highland League outfit Huntly grabbed their opening counter with twelve minutes gone.

Gary McNamee finding the net with a perfectly struck shot on the volley when connecting with a Craig Dorrat free kick.

Looking the part Huntly kept their foot on the gas and after Albert keeper Kyle Rankin had saved well from James Duguid, the visitors edged further ahead in the 25th minute.

Making full use of the space he had been given, David Booth latched on to a through ball and drove in an angled shot that reached the target after coming off the post.

Hawick had their backs to the wall and Rankin prevented Huntly from adding to their tally in pulling off excellent stops from Booth and Duguid in rapid succession.

Towards the break, Huntly number one Fraser Hobday was put to the test for the first time when keeping out a Stewart Crozier free kick.

With substitute keeper Andy Mackay replacing the injured Rankin, the Albert began the second period in a positive manner.

Gavin Pettigrew squandered an early chance before Robert Boyd had a header kicked off the line by Murray McCulloch following a Blake Wales free kick.

Showing a lot more purpose than they had done during the opening forty five minutes Hawick pushed up for the remainder of the game.

A goal however was not to come the Albert Park side’s way.

Huntly however did get into the scoring act with two minutes remaining when Booth raced in to place a shot past the helpless Mackay.

Summing up the game, Albert assistant manager Dean Robertson said: “It was a disappointing result for us.

“We didn’t get going in the first half. In the second half we competed a lot more and battled hard.”