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Burntisland sailed into the lead in the eighth minute of this East of Scotland clash when a static defence was caught all at sea by a long ball down the middle, writes John Slorance.
Ewan Henderson surged forward and after waltzing round Albert keeper Craig Dunsmore, slotted a shot into the net.
After Burntisland keeper Jordan Mushet had pulled off a splendid save from an Andy Noble header, the visitors were robbed of a second goal, when a Shaun Keatings shot cannoned off the post.
Burntisland, who were looking the better side, were then reduced to 10 men.
Kevin Masson upended Gordon Ramsay with a lunging tackle and was shown a straight red card.
From the free kick that was awarded, Nick Ramsay blasted in a shot that hit the post.
Minutes from the interval, Keatings was brought down by Sean Loughlin. A penalty was given and Loughlin was cautioned. Within seconds, Loughlin was shown a second yellow for dissent.
Brendan Napier took the spot kick, but his effort was kept out by Dunsmore.
Burntisland, however, did produce the scoring touch with three minutes of the second half gone, when Henderson fired home.
Hawick came rallying back and Mushet pulled off top-notch saves from Greg Summers and Noble.
In the 53rd minute, the Albert fell further behind, Shaun Fallan putting the ball into his own net, attempting to clear a Peter Bell cross.
It was downhill all the way for a disjointed Hawick side from here on and it came as no real surprise when Burntisland stretched their lead with substitute Craig Lowe putting away a Keatings pass.
Hawick manager Graeme Chadwick told The Southern: “We were very poor. We just never got switched on.
“A few players were questioned about their performances after the game. It was a bad result.”