HAWICK Waverley are the toast of the town after securing the Beveridge Cup in a seven-goal thriller at Yarrow Park on Tuesday night.
The Wilton Lodge Park outfit ended the season on a perfect high as they overcame Division ‘A’ champions Pencaitland 4-3 to lift the silverware thanks to goals from Ross Wallace, Taylor Hope, Dean McColm and Jamie Richardson.
And it was a hero’s performance from 23-year-old Jamie Lyall between the sticks, who only signed for the Waverley last week with regular keepers Euan Reilly and Steven Walker suspended and on holiday respectively.
The former Selkirk Victoria stopper said: “It wasn’t the best of seasons for us at the Vics but this was an ideal opportunity to finish the season on a high.
“Our last game was against Tweedmouth. Never in my wildest of dreams did I think I would be picking up a cup winner’s medal after that.
“I’m absolutely delighted.”
Waverley, who have enjoyed a fantastic end to the campaign, were cruising when Richardson netted their fourth of the evening to give them a two-goal advantage.
It was the defender’s ninth goal of the season, but his joy turned to despair when he put through his own net to ensure a nervy finish to the match.
He said: “I was really chuffed when I scored my goal but I definitely wasn’t happy when I scored the own goal.
“Although we made it hard for ourselves in letting Pencaitland back into the game after twice being two goals in front, we were the better team.
“All of the players worked really hard and it’s a great feeling to have won a cup.”
Those sentiments were echoed by manager Bruce Hughes who had expressed an air of confidence ahead of the match, having run Pencaitland mighty close in previous encounters.
And that confidence certainly wasn’t misplaced as his side repaid his faith in spades.
He said: “I’m so pleased for the players and everybody connected with Hawick Waverley.
“The boys have worked so hard this season and deserved to win something.
“As their record shows, Pencaitland are a very good side, but we were the better side in this game and deserved our victory.
“We gave away some bad goals, but overall I thought we were excellent and I’m proud that the Waverley are taking the Beveridge Cup to Hawick.”
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