Teries glad match got referee’s nod

Kelso vs Hawick Royal Albert. Hawick's Alieu Faye passing the ball.
Kelso vs Hawick Royal Albert. Hawick's Alieu Faye passing the ball.



It was almost a game that never was, as due to heavy morning rainfall this East of Scotland clash was close to being a non-­starter, but the game got the go-ahead by the referee.

And Hawick Royal Albert were more than happy that the match got the nod of approval as they improved their league position by gaining three points.

Hawick started well by opening the scoring in the third minute, Cameron MacFarlane beating home keeper Chris Watson with an angled drive.

Coldstream then showed their mettle by launching an attack that ended in Danny Simpson rattling in a shot that forced Hawick number one Kyle Rankin into pulling off a top-notch save.

The early action continued at a lively pace and Watson denied Hawick a second when saving from Ryan Stevenson.

Coldstream gained the upper hand for a spell after this, but despite plenty of possession could not turn pressure into goals.

And in the 40th minute the Streamers paid the penalty, falling further behind.

Following a piercing long run down the right flank, Ryan Stevenson found Alieu Faye with an inside pass and the big striker rattled in a shot.

With seven minutes of the second period gone, Hawick did the business again.

On being set up by Stevenson, Faye drove in a shot that the diving Watson reached but failed to hold.

In the 66th minute the home side fell further behind as Stewart Crozier blasted a free kick goalwards. The ball took a deflection off the Coldstream defensive wall and sailed high into the roof of the net.

Within eight minutes Coldstream reduced the leeway when Ash Langford polished off a bursting gallop through the middle with a clinical finish.

Within minutes of this, Rankin denied Coldstream a second in spreading himself to block a shot from Daniel Gillie.

Hawick assistant manager Dean Robertson said: “Coldstream are a very decent side so it was a good win for us. The pitch was heavy, but the boys played some good football.

“I was pleased with our performance, but disappointed in the way we lost a goal.