Rovers miss two from the spot but still win


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Disaster struck for the much-depleted Duns side after exactly 43 seconds as a long upfield ball took a huge bounce, found Peebles striker Scott Sutherland, who gratefully placed a backward header lobbing over the top of keeper Paul Tansey.

Rovers kept up their attacking style and after they hit the woodwork and went close a couple of times, they eventually made it 2-0 as Chris Taylor scored with well-placed shot which sneaked in between Mark Weatherburn and the post.

A minute before the interval ,things looked even worse for Duns as George Windram blatantly pushed an attacker to the ground inside the area giving referee his easiest decision of the afternoon.

Fortunately for the Dingers, Tansey made a great save.

Duns reappeared for the second half with a changed formation, pushing Luke Strangeways and Daniel Pattenden up front and moving Jordan Lauder back in defence.

This appeared to breathe some life into his side as Duns recorded their first shot on target after 52 minutes, an attempt which was saved.

However, Lauder gave away a second penalty of the afternoon. This time the Rovers man went for power, crashing his effort off the underside of the bar and the ball was cleared to safety.

After 72 minutes referee Paul Hanlon completed his ‘hat-trick’ when he awarded Duns a penalty.

Lauder showed the Peebles lads just how to do it and reduced the leeway.