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Following their midweek triumph over Ormiston, Hawick Royal Albert hit the winning trail again with a five-goal blast, writes John Slorance.
The Teries set the pace from the start, and with 10 minutes gone, opened the scoring through Craig Robertson’s well-struck shot after he was set up by a flicked pass from giant striker Alieu Faye.
With Craigroyston on the back foot, the Albert continued to push forward and Blake Wales and Robert Boyd both were close to scoring within minutes of each other.
Craigie then showed what they had to offer, with a nice move that ended in Greg Tulloch hitting an angled shot into the side netting.
In the 39th minute, the Albert added to their tally when Faye made an immaculate job of putting away a penalty after Wales had been downed in the box by Oliver Fleming.
Two minutes later, Faye switched from goalscorer to goalmaker with a slick back-heeled pass into the path of Wales, who curled his shot into the net via the post.
Craigroyston got the second half off to a flying start with an excellent goal from Tulloch.
Royalists took this early setback in their stride, however, and in the 61st minute notched a fourth.
Cameron Macfarlane dented the Craigroyston defence with a jinking run, before passing to Wales, and the young midfielder polished off a great move with a spot-on finish.
Four minutes later, Craigroyston’s Mark Torrance was given his marching orders for upending Wales with a reckless challenge.
The city side then had their best spell of the game which brought about a strike from O’Rourke that went close.
Hawick began to find their feet again after this, and eight minutes from time, went nap.
On collecting a Macfarlane cutback, Ryan Stevenson blasted a shot into the net.
Commenting on his side’s victory, Albert assistant manager Dean Robertson said: “I was pleased with our win as we played well and scored five goals. We lost two sloppy goals, though, and I wasn’t pleased about that.
“We are heading in the right direction though”.