A STORMING second half and a four-goal return from their new forward pairing saw Hawick Waverley start the Border League Division A campaign in style with a 5-2 win over Langholm Legion at Wilton Lodge Park.
Dean McColm struck a hat-trick and strike partner Liam Lavery scored his second goal in as many competitive games this term to earn the home side a comfortable three points.
Waverley manager Bruce Hughes was delighted with the fruits of his new strikeforce. He said: “We won our first game and that’s all any team will look to do. Young Liam is a new signing and I was happy with him. He’s settled in really well and he worked well with Dean up front.
“There are always thing you can work on, but in the second half we moved the ball about more quickly – that was more the standard we are striving towards. That’s what you want to do at home – to be the dominant force.”
Of all the top tier results, Waverley were outdone only by Peebles club Tweeddale Rovers – winners by 6-1 over Duns – in the opening round of fixtures and sit second top of the table.
Liam Lavery, with his second goal in as many competitive games this term, and an own goal completed the scoring for Waverley, who bounced back well from defeat to Greenlaw in the Border Cup second round last weekend.
Waverley went in front in the opening quarter of an hour when Dean McColm rounded goalkeeper Derek Johnson and slotted in from a tight angle.
Langholm drew level almost immediately, with Little’s long range effort beating Euan Reilly in the Waverley goal.
Four minutes into the second half, the home side edged in front through McColm’s sizzling 20-yard strike.
Waverley doubled their lead within minutes, with Langholm defender Craig Cuthbert only able to watch as the ball ricocheted off him and into his own net following Ross McLeod’s parried effort.
The hosts moved into the ascendancy, and duly added to their advantage shortly after the hour. McColm’s deft chip into the penalty area was neatly headed into the net by Lavery to make it 4-1.
Langholm reduced the deficit through a soft goal, courtesy of Lee Irving, but, with ten minutes on the clock, McColm completed his hat trick with a simple finish to ensure the match finished 5-2.
Waverley will continue their efforts in the league with a home game tomorrow at 2.30pm. The visitors against Gala Rovers, who drew their opening league match 2-2 against Pencaitland after a crushing win in the cup.
“It’ll be really tough,” said Hughes. “Gala is perennially one of the strongest teams, and in their first two games they have won 8-2 and drew 2-2 with last year’s champions. But, we’ll always give teams a game down at the park.”