Waverley overtake Rovers to second spot

Hawick Waverley 2

Gala Rovers 1


JOHN SLORANCE reports from Wilton Lodge Park

IN WHAT turned out to be a hard-fought encounter, Waverley came close to taking an early lead when Jordan Yardley drove a Taylor Hope pass into the side netting.

Minutes later, Ian Turnbull was just off-target for the homesters, heading a Hope free kick over the bar.

Seeking revenge for a recent midweek defeat at the hands of Waverley, Rovers then showed what they had to offer through a good run from Bob Noble, who cut in from the left to fire in a low shot that Hawick keeper Steven Walker did well to save.

With the highly impressive Ben McGregor shining in all that he did, Rovers then almost snatched an opener with a Des Sutherland free kick that sailed over the bar.

Towards the interval, Yardley should have got his name on the scoresheet. With the goal gaping in front of him, however, the Waverley striker dilly-dallied and then had a long-awaited shot cleared by Gala defender Scott McKenzie.

Two minutes into the second half though, Yardley made amends, setting up a goal when threading a pass to the feet of Dean McColm, who fired home.

Rovers came bouncing back and Sutherland grabbed an equaliser in the 61st minute with a well-struck free kick that entered the net off the post.

Within minutes of this, Dougie Bond was just off-target for the visitors with a header from a Callum Jardine cross.

The action continued to flow and in the 68th minute Ross McLeod restored Waverley’s lead by stroking a shot into the net from close range after cashing in on a defensive error.

Rovers replied with a spell of pressure and Steven Noble nodded a Craig Lowrie corner kick over the upright.

Both sides pushed for goals from here on, but neither could add to their tally.