Melrose teenager helps Hibs stay top of their game

HRA v Hibs
HRA v Hibs

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Glasgow Warriors may have stole the show at the Greenyards on Saturday in winning elrose sevens, but at Albert Park, it was Melrose who took centre stage.

For Melrose teenager Lewis Allan helped guide Hibernian EOS to a win that maintained their top spot in the East of Scotland First Division table with a double strike as well as laying on the other goal.

Talking to The Southern following his side’s triumph, Allan, whose father Craig started for both Gala Fairydean and Kelso United in his playing days, said: “It was great to get a win as we needed the three points if we are going to win the league.

“This could happen next Saturday if we beat Easthouses Lily in what is our last league game of the season, Easthouses are second top and can be champions if they win.”

The 17-year-old, who has been involved in the Hibernian set-up since he was eight years old, added: “When I play for the Hibs under-20 side there is always a lot of travelling to be done, so it was a nice change to make the short trip from Melrose to Hawick to play today.

“It was also nice to score two goals, especially as my mum, dad, brother and grandparents were at the game supporting me.”

During a quiet opening spell, Hawick were first to look like scoring when Sean Loughlin had a header blocked by Jordan Sinclair on meeting a well-flighted Ronald Fleming corner kick. Graeme Young was then off target with a header before Max Todd dented the Albert defence with a darting run, only to fire wide.

With 17 minutes gone, Hibernian took the lead when Allan took advantage of some poor defending following a corner kick to stab the ball over the line from close range.

In the 27th minute, Hibs went further ahead.

Allan threaded a pass to the feet of Todd, who surged forward to waltz round Hawick keeper Dean Fry and shoot home.

Although playing into the swirling breeze, title-chasing Hibernian had the upper hand for the remainder of the first half, but failed to make the most of several good scoring opportunities.

Two minutes into the second period, however, the Edinburgh outfit did produce the scoring touch.

Aaron Dunsmore floated over a cross which Allan met with force with his head and although the diving Fry got a hand to the ball, the Hibernian striker’s effort found the back of the net.

Within minutes of this, Fry kept the visitors at bay, pulling off a fine save from Todd.

From here on it was one-way traffic.

Hibernian pushed forward and Hawick had their backs to the wall.

The young Hibees should have added to their tally, only to flop in front of goal.

Albert midfield man Andy Noble said: “The wind made it very difficult to play good football, but we started well enough until losing two goals and that knocked us back.

“In the second half we improved, but we were always chasing the game.”