Hawick Royal Albert 1 Lothian Thistle HV 5

Royal Albert ruled the roost in the first period of this South of Scotland Challenge Cup clash and the game should have been out of sight come the interval.

Due to a massive nose dive in their play the match however ended up being well out of Hawick’s reach.

Producing some good fluent football and showing great flair, the Albert dominated the opening stages and Ryan Stevenson and Josh Morris both squandered early opportunities.

Hawick continued to push forward and after Blake Wales had shaved the post with a well struck shot from an Alieu Faye pass, Morris was kept at bay by a brilliant one handed save from Lothian keeper Kevin Swain.

With 33 minutes gone Hawick took a deserved lead.

Faye driving the ball into the net after a Morris shot had cannoned off the upright.

Although having nothing to show for their efforts the Albert had the upper hand for the remainder of the half.

It was looking good for the home side but this was to change.

Just past the hour mark, Lothian equalised.

Darren Smith dispossessed Sean Spence and galloped forward to fire home.

Within three minutes Lothian struck again.

Smith swung over a corner and Richie Wilkes touched in a shot from close range.

The flow of the game had changed dramatically and in the 72nd minute the visitors went further ahead.

Hawick number one Andrew Mackay fumbled a Smith corner and Dean Cummings stepped in to drive away the loose ball.

From being on a high, Hawick were now on a downhill slope.

Lothian snatched a fourth when Willis Hare tucked away a Wilkes cross in the 83rd minute.

A minute from time, Smith completed the scoring in making no mistake with a penalty.