Patched-up Hawick side is well beaten

Danny Bolton brought Hawick level against Preston Athletic but the hope soon faded (library image).
Danny Bolton brought Hawick level against Preston Athletic but the hope soon faded (library image).

Preston Athletic 6, Hawick Royal Albert United 1

The Albert Park men had lost 2-0 in midweek to Edinburgh United – but the understrength Hawick line-up suffered on their visit to East Lothian and were well beaten, despite battling hard.

Preston got off to a flying start by taking the lead in the fifth minute through a Jonny Grotin strike.

Just past the half hour mark, Grotin notched a second.

After home ‘keeper Jack Findlay had pulled off a magnificent save from a Kevin Strathdee free kick, Hawick RAU reduced the leeway in the 37th minute.

A Strathdee free kick took a deflection and broke to the feet of Danny Bolton, who shot home.

With a minute of the second period gone, Donnie Ndiewen netted for the hosts.

Hawick hopes faded further when, in the 60th minute, former Selkirk player Lewis Turkington put away a penalty.

Late goals from Jack Jardine and Ben Bathgate completed the scoring.

Hawick are on the road again this Saturday with a visit to Easthouses Lily MW, who finally came out on top on Saturday after a marathon South Challenge Cup tie at Oakley United.