STOW manager Paul Young praised his side for their performance in a deserved Border Amateur Division A win over Ancrum.
Young said: “It was important to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the bounce.
“I thought we dominated from start to finish and had it not been for the Ancrum keeper, it could have been six or seven.”
Both sides were promoted last season, with Ancrum pipping Stow to the title, thanks to a last-game win. But it was the latter who raced into the lead on Saturday – courtesy of a Jordan Steele brace inside 20 minutes.
Ancrum’s Ashley Langford looked dangerous when forcing Stow stopper Tom Kerr into a good save before the striker had to leave the field through injury.
Hagen Steele could have all but sealed victory before half-time – however, he hit the post instead of the netting.
The visitors began the second period well, midfielder Grant Robinson going close with a 40-yard lob which just fell over Kerr’s goal.
However, at the other end, Stow created plenty of chances with Martin Gibson striking the crossbar and Hagen Steele firing just wide. In addition, Ancrum keeper Euan Reilly had to be in top form.
The points were finally sealed in the 88th minute when Steele fired low into the net.
Young’s men are now fourth in the division and five points behind leaders Hawick Waverley – but with three games in hand over the table-toppers.