Peebles Rovers 4 Hawick Royal Albert 2
EOS FIRST DIVISION
IT was cold, wet and windy at Kerfield Park on Saturday.
The pitch was heavy, had a glue pot and it was an end of the season encounter.
Despite not having much going for it however this game turned out to be a fast and furious affair.
Both sides saw to this by knuckling down to the job in hand and attempting to play good football in very trying conditions.
Giving his thoughts on the match, Peebles team boss Jason Girdwood told TheSouthern: “Although we made it a bit hard for ourselves in letting Hawick back in the game after we had been three goals up I was otherwise very happy with our performance.
“It ended up being a good win for us especially as we had five guys missing and had to field an under strength side.”
With heavy rain sweeping over the park, Peebles took the lead in the 16th minute. After latching onto a Jamie Adamson pass Peter Connaghan hit a cross over the face of the goalmouth and former Albert signing Andy Noble produced the scoring touch in driving the ball into the net.
Within three minutes Rovers scored again with an almost similar goal. Connaghan this time emerging the home side’s marksman in driving home a Craig Edgar cross at the back post.
After Hawick keeper Steven West had denied Peebles a third in tipping an Edgar drive round the post, Rovers number one Kris Lennie made a fine stop from Ronald Fleming.
Minutes into the second period Lennie pulled out the stops again in pushing a net bound Ronald Fleming shot over the bar.
A minute later the Albert fell into further arrears when Edgar took advantage of a defensive error and raced in to shot past West.
Hawick came rallying back and in the 56th minute reduced the leeway. Gordon Ramsay launched a long throw in high into the box which Peebles failed to clear and Greig Johnston touched the ball into the net from close range.
After there had been close calls at both ends, Hawick pulled another goal back in the 68th minute, Ramsay finding the net with a sweetly struck free kick.
The Albert were now back in the picture but it was not to be for long for in the 72nd minute, Edgar broke through the Hawick rearguard on his own to tuck away a fourth for Rovers.
Hawick continued to battle but Rovers were in the driving seat and motored on to gain full points.
Albert manager, Graeme Chadwick said of matters: “Once again we made stupid mistakes that cost us goals and it was another disappointing result for us.”
Peebles Rovers: K. Lennie, G. Manson (J. Girdwood), D. Linton, G. Shortreed, A. Williamson, J. Adamson, P. Connaghan, M. McKenzie (C. Forsyth), C. Edgar, J. Manson, A. Noble.
Hawick Royal Albert: S. West, K. Fettes, R. Shepherd, S. Loughlin, G. Johnston (D. Strathdee), Raymond Fleming, Ronald Fleming, K. Strathdee, A. Swailes (R. Scott), D. Hogg, G. Ramsay.