Royal Albert leapfrog Shipyard and Duns after firing in four

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Hawick Royal Albert 4

Burntisland Shpyrd 0

It was a meeting of the bottom dogs in the East of Scotland First Division – and it was Hawick Royal Albert who barked the loudest – and leapt two places over Shipyard and Duns.

Showing great bite throughout, Hawick snapped and growled their way to victory.

After a lively opening period in which both sides had came close to scoring, the Albert broke the deadlock in the 12th minute.

Running onto a Graeme Young pass, Kevin Strathdee produced a spot-on finish in drilling a shot past Shipyard keeper Mike Couser.

Burntisland came bouncing back and Keith Buckley unleashed an angled shot, but Dean Fry pulled off an excellent save.

In the 29th minute Hawick extended their lead. Fry booted a Shaun Fallan pass back down the park and after latching on to the ball, Young fired home.

The Albert had the edge for the remainder of the first half .

Early in the second period Fallan almost got his name on the scoresheet with a header on meeting a Nicky Cairns corner kick.

With 68 minutes gone Hawick did add to their tally. Cairns set up Strathdee with a lovely through ball and although his first shot was blocked by Couser, he managed to stick away the rebound.

With 10 minutes left, Albert struck again when Burntisland defender Peter Bell put through his own goal when attempting to clear a Strathdee shot.

And in the closing stages, Grant Blyth and Dale Robertson both came close for the Fifers.