Hawick Waverley 4
Gala Rovers 2
BAL DIVISION A
THIRTY minutes before kick-off, Grant Ferguson and Craig McCutcheon were both listed as substitutes on the Hawick Waverley team sheet, writes John Slorance.
However, due to unforeseen circumstances this had to change. The pair were switched from their bench spots and into the starting line-up.
This proved to be bad news for Gala Rovers as the promoted dynamic duo both had a big say in helping guide Waverley to a top-notch win.
Ferguson grabbed two well-taken goals, while McCutcheon, who was operating in a completely new role, shone throughout.
Ferguson told TheSouthern: “Gala are a good side so this was a great win for us and it was a deserved one.
“I was pleased with my goals, especially the first one, but I am even happier for the team as everybody got stuck in and played well.”
With a swirling wind at their backs, Waverley made the early running through some probing attacks and with 11 minutes gone broke the deadlock.
Ross McLeod hit a cross over the face of the goalmouth and Dean McColm drove in a shot via the underside of the upright.
Rovers then showed what they had to offer with a well-worked move that ended in Rhys Gilchrist having a shot blocked by the foot of Waverley number one Aiden Reilly.
In the 32nd minute, though, Waverley added to their tally. McColm sprayed a pass to the feet of Ferguson, who brushed off challenges before producing a spot-on finish.
Following the interval, with the wind in their favour, Gala began to come a lot more into the match.
Despite having plenty of possession, however, Rovers were making no headway in their quest for goals due to some resolute Waverley defending.
The Teries, on the other hand, were looking dangerous on the break and with 73 minutes gone stretched their lead when Taylor Hope blasted home a McColm pass.
The hosts struck again in the 77th minute when McColm set up Ferguson with a short pass and the Waverley front runner polished matters off to perfection.
It looked all over for Rovers, but within three minutes the visitors pulled a goal back through a Craig Middlemass strike.
Boosted by this, Gala then did the business again two minutes later, when Callum Jardine netted.
Rovers continued to battle in the closing stages, but could not reduce the leeway any further.
Gala manager Bryan Templeton said: “We didn’t turn up in the first half and that was disappointing.
“We improved in the second, but Hawick wanted the game more than us as they showed more determination.
“We have no-one to blame for our defeat but ourselves.”