On-fire Hotspur turned up the heat to gain the bragging rights in this Border Amateur League Division B clash, writes John Slorance.
In a quiet opening period, Hotspur were first to look like scoring when Stewart Robertson put Hawick keeper Dean Fry to the test after latching on to a long ball from Robert Young.
Minutes later, Hotspur number one Michael Sanderson was called into action, getting down well to push a Sean Owens free kick round the post.
After Steven Shields went close, United took the lead in the 22nd minute. Scott Storrie’s corner kick was met by Ross Wallace, who produced the scoring touch in finding the net with a header, via the post.
Within three minutes, Hotspur were on level terms. Finding space down the left, Craig Lowrie found Robertson with a low cross and after dancing his way out of a tackle, the Gala striker placed a shot out of the reach of Fry.
A remarkable scoring spree had begun. In the 31st minute, Sean Pringle put Gala ahead, drilling home a Robertson cutback. Four minutes later, United equalised when Sean Owens put away a Storrie cross.
The action continued at a quickfire pace and with 39 minutes gone, Robertson restored Hotspurs’ lead with a header on meeting a Michael Phillmore cross.
Hotspur were on a high and with four minutes of the first half remaining, struck again.
Breaking through the middle, Robertson attempted to round Fry, only to be brought down by the keeper.
The ball then broke to the feet of Phillmore, who tucked a shot into the net. Fry was yellow-carded.
United were in the driving seat for most of the second period.
The home side, however, failed to turn pressure into goals by squandering several chances.
Hotspur, on the other hand, made the most of theirs by scoring twice in the closing six minutes of the game, Lowrie and Michael Louth their late marksmen.