It just doesn’t get any easier for Albert

Hawick Royal Albert 0

Leith Athletic 5


JOHN SLORANCE reports from Albert Park

Hawick Royal Albert have not won at home throughout the entire season, have conceded 21 goals in their previous two games and were facing title-chasing Leith.

It appeared that nothing short of a miracle would get the Albert a result.

And the miracle certainly didn’t happen, for the only things that came from the heavens were bright sunshine and sweeping rain.

Royalists never really looked like achieving anything during the match, and the final scoreline was a fair reflection of proceedings. With 26 minutes gone and after heavy pressure, the city men took the lead. After breaking down the right, Steven Lynch whipped over a cross which was slotted away by Jack Combe.

Two minutes later, after latching on to a Gavin Tanish cross, Euan Campbell twisted and turned his way out of two challenges before firing a low shot into the net for their second.

Albert almost reduced the leeway, but John Falconer produced a brilliant fingertip save from Liam Lavery’s shot.

With three minutes left in the first half, Leith substitute Robert Wood appeared offside when running on to a long ball, but was allowed to run through and rattle a shot past Willie Turner.

Two beauties in the second half from Jamie Burstow sealed it for Althletic.

Albert midfield man Mark Dean told TheSouthern: “I felt we were doing okay until Leith hit us with two quick goals in the first half.

“After this we were chasing the game.

“We played well in bits, but Leith are a good side and they moved the ball about well.

“We gave them a lot of room at times, which didn’t help us at all.”

Hawick Royal Albert: W. Turner, R. Shepherd (D. Whillans), A. Campbell, C. Wilson, R. Wallace (R. Kelly), P. Gellaitry, C. McCutcheon (J. Robertson), M. Deans, A. Trialist, K. McGaughey, L. Lavery.