Hawick Royal Albert3
Hawick Royal Albert gained the bragging rights by barking the loudest in this battle of the bottom dogs.
With both sides in desperate need of points to improve their lowly First Division positions, the Teries soared into the lead with just six minutes gone.
Michael Smith, whose day had began in a blaze of glory when he had rescued a man from a burning house in the early hours of the morning in Edinburgh, latched onto a Greg Summers pass before chipping a shot over the head of United keeper Adam Mutch.
Eyemouth then showed their mettle when Keith Buckley came close to netting with a glancing header on meeting an Aiden Lauder cross.
After Smith had been inches off target with a powerful header from a Nicky Cairns free-kick, Mutch denied the home men a second in saving well from Cairns, following good play between Nick Ramsay and Ronald Fleming.
In the 37th minute, Eyemouth were reduced to 10 men after Marc Milligan brought down Cairns.
It was a foul without any doubt and, yes, a yellow card. But Edinburgh referee Paul Hanlon, well known for his controversial decisions over the season, went a step further by brandishing a red and it was the end of the game for a somewhat unfortunate Milligan.
United took this in their stride, though, and just on the interval Lauder was denied an equaliser by a save from new Albert keeper, Bruce Callan, an on-loan signing from Lothian Thistle.
Although down to 10 men, Eyemouth looked the likelier side following the break and Jason Walker, Lauder and Gavin Burrell all went close to scoring in promising raids.
In the 76th minute, however, the Fishermen were sent reeling when Hawick stretched their lead.
Andy Noble, who had impressed since coming on as a substitute, found new signing Liam O’Rourke with a superb crossfield pass. The former Kelso Utd player broke clear and snatched his debut goal with a spot-on finish.
United continued to battle, but with seven minutes remaining, fell into further arrears when Cairns put away a penalty after Smith had been pulled down.
Reflecting on his side’s triumph, Hawick manager Graeme Chadwick said: “It was a bit of a scrappy game, but we got a win and I am happy with that.
“We also kept a clean sheet and scored three goals.
“So it was a good start to the New Year, getting three points in our first game.
“Fingers crossed, and with a bit of luck, we might start turning the corner now”.