Strathdee at the double for Hawick Royal Albert

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Royal Albert ended up on the right end of the result, as well as pulling off a rare achievement of winning two games in succession, writes John Slorance.

The game got off to a quiet start, with the first piece of serious action arriving after the quarter-hour mark when Ormiston keeper David Simmonds pulled off an excellent save from a Paul Russell header, following a Declan Hogg corner kick.

With 22 minutes gone, Ormiston broke the deadlock when Connor Ramage took full advantage of some slipshod Hawick defending to run in and score.

The Teries came rallying back and Kevin Strathdee and Mikey Smith were both denied goals by excellent stops from Simmonds.

Six minutes into the second period, Albert’s Sean Loughlin was red-carded for scything down Scott Wright.

Hawick now had an uphill task on their hands, but the homesters got on with matters and in the 57th minute snatched an equaliser.

After latching on to a spot on pass from Andy Williamson, Strathdee produced a piece of deadly finishing in driving a shot out of the reach of Simmonds.

After 70 minutes, Hawick did it all again following some good approach play, Hogg threading the ball to the feet of Strathdee who fired home.

Ormiston then had a golden opportunity to equalise on being awarded a penalty.

There was to be no joy for the visitors, though, as Dean Fry touched Scott Mackenzie’s spot kick onto the post after diving to his right.