Prior to the start of this derby clash, Hawick Legion and Hawick United were equal on points at the top of the Border Amateur Division B League table, writes John Slorance.
Ninety minutes, six goals, seven yellow cards and a sending-off later, the position was the same.
United got off to a flying startwith Ross Scott heading home a well-flighted Scott Storrie cross.
In the 18th minute Legion grabbed an equaliser. After jinking in off the left flank, Scott Duncan polished off a fine run to perfection by slotting away a shot.
On a pitch with a heavy surface, both sides were showing plenty of endeavour and with 37 minutes gone, United edged ahead for a second time. Kevin Strathdee beat Legion keeper Ewan Reilly with an unsaveable penalty after Paul Young had fouled Scott with a push in the back in a crowded goal area.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Strathdee put Legion into further arrears with a sweetly-struck drive.
Legion now seemed to have an uphill task, but it was a task they were up to. Reshuffling their formation into an attacking force they duly reduced the leeway in the 71st minute. Latching onto a well delivered pass from substitute Darrel Johnstone, Duncan hammered a shot out of the reach of Fry. Spurred on by this, Legion got on level terms minutes later through a well-taken Johnstone strike.
Although the game was coming to a close it was certainly all happening and further drama arose with the dismissal of Legion’s Bob Lamb for a second bookable offence. In a ding-dong finish, Young denied United what would have been a dramatic winner with a headed clearance from a Kevin Strathdee free kick.