Rovers rumbled by cantering Colts

Hawick Legion Rovers 1

Chirnside Colts 3


TWO goals in the latter stages of the game steered Chirnside to full points, writes John Slorance.

Rovers were first to look like scoring when Luke Cooper blazed a shot over the bar on being fed by a Neil Storey pass.

Colts replied with a sweeping raid which ended in a Dennis Smolenjski drive being well-saved by Hawick keeper Kevan Miller.

Chay Caldwell then came near to putting Rovers ahead with a net-bound shot that was diverted round the post by Ryan Blaikie following a Cooper cross.

In the 18th minute however, Rovers did break the deadlock.

After latching onto a Scott Clarkson overhead kick, Cooper surged forward and waltzed round Chirnside keeper David Lugget before tapping the ball into an empty net.

Six minutes later, Lee Campbell put Colts on level terms with a shot which went in off the post.

Early in the second period, Cooper broke clear of the Colts defence only to be foiled by an excellent stop from Lugget.

Within minutes, Donaldson was robbed of a goal by the woodwork, driving a Michael Tweedie shot against the post.

Chirnside now had the edge and following a Donaldson cross, Paul Blacklock hit the post with a header.

In the 79th minute, Jamie Mitchell put Colts ahead with a well-struck drive.

And a minute from time, Chirnside sealed victory.

After coming off his line to make a clearance, Miller missed the rolling ball completely and Campbell was on hand to run in and score a gift of a goal.