Hawick Legion Rovers impress in defeat

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Despite making their exit from the Collie Cup in Saturday’s semi-final clash, Legion Rovers nevertheless gave an impressive display.

Facing high-flying Newtown, Rovers had the upper hand throughout the first half, and played some good football which conjured up several scoring opportunities.

Colin Richardson and Chay Caldwell both came near to netting but the Wilton Lodge Park outfit could not hit the back of the net.

Newtown, however, did do the job with a goal completely against the run of play.

Early in the second period the woodwork robbed Rovers of an opener when a Richardson shot rebounded off the post.

Newtown then increased their lead.

Rovers came rallying back to snatch an overdue goal. Jordan Caldwell hoisted a long throw-in high into the goalmouth and Richardson did the rest by beating the visitors’ keeper with a header.

Newtown had the last say, however, by snatching a third.

Summing up the match, Rovers manager Alex Caldwell said: “The result flattered Newtown. We were the better team in the first half and controlled the game but we spurned chances. I’m disappointed that we lost but I couldn’t fault a single player. Everybody in the side played really well.”