No separating Hawick sides

Hawick Legion3

Hawick United3

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.