Hawick Royal Albert 1
Falkirk XI 5
JOHN SLORANCE reports from Albert Park
ALTHOUGH ending up outgunned, Royal Albert had their moments in what turned out to be an entertaining pre-season encounter.
In the first period in particular, new-look Hawick more than held their own.
Despite conjuring up chances, goals failed to come Royalists way, however.
On the other hand, a young and well-organised Falkirk outfit showed they knew the way to the net through some deadly finishing.
With several fresh faces in their line up, the Albert were first to look like scoring when Peter Gellaitry hit a Jordan Yardley pass wide.
Falkirk keeper Graham Bowman then denied Hawick an opener, doing well to tip a thundering Chris Monaghan free kick over the bar.
Minutes later, Monaghan went close again to breaking the deadlock with a second free kick that hit the post after squirming through the hands of Bowman.
With 26 minutes gone, the Bairns took the lead. Thomas Grant sprayed a pass to the feet of Ally Graham who found the net with an angled shot.
In the 35th minute Falkirk grabbed a second. Bowman launched an attack with a clearance after having saved a Roddy McConnell header, which ended in Graham shooting home.
After Bowman had excelled in diving to push out a McConnell header from an Andrew Maltman free kick, Graham completed his hat-trick with three minutes of the first half remaining.
Eight minutes into the second period, substitute Les Lewis put Hawick in further arrears with a shot that went in off the post.
And two minutes later, Lewis made it a nap hand for Falkirk.
Hawick heads refused to drop however, and in the 73rd minute the home crowd got the goal they were looking for.
Latching onto a Jordan Yardley pass, Liam Lavery waltzed round Falkirk substitute keeper Gregor Amos and struck his shot into the empty net.
Hawick assistant manager Stuart Sharkey told TheSouthern: “I thought our boys did really well. Our attitude was right from the start.
“We won a lot of ball and played with commitment and discipline and with a bit of luck we could well have got at least a couple of goals in the first half. Falkirk are a very good team and it’s been an experience for our guys playing against them.”
Albert’s Liam Lavery was named man of the match.
Hawick Royal Albert: W. Turner, M. Cooper, A. Maltman, R. McConnell, C. Batten (K. Finlayson), B. Tait, L. Lavery, P. Gellaitry, C. Monaghan (J. Easdon), R. Wallace (C. Robb), J. Yardley.