Legion well beaten as Ancrum leapfrog United to go top

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HAWICK Legion were unable to perform a favour for fellow Teries as Ancrum leapfrogged Hawick United to the top of Border Amateur ‘B’ League with a 3-0 win at Wilton Lodge Park.

Legion failed to hit the heights of six weeks beforehand, when they defeated Ancrum by 2-1 at Bridgend Park to lift the Wright Cup. Instead, the hosts were consigned to a fifth straight league defeat and are in danger of slipping away even from the mid-table pack.

“It was a disappointing result, but kind of a strange one as we came off thinking we’d done okay,” said midfielder Davie Fraser. “We knocked theball about and played some nice stuff, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net.”

An even first 20 minutes preceded the opening goal of the game, which was created by Legion’s carelessness as much as Ancrum’s opportunism. The visiting attackers intercepted a pass following a short Legion goal-kick on 25 minutes and advanced to net.

Two further Ancrum goals early in the second half killed the game. The first sailed into the net directly from a corner, and the second came after Legion goalkeeper James Gillespie juggled a long-range effort and the ball crossed the goalline.

The hosts responded well, with Gary Moffat hitting the bar and Jory Robertson striking the post. Fraser had a goalbound effort blocked by a defender, and the 30-year-old was impressed with his team mates’ effort. He said: “At 3-0 down, the game was lost, but it was to our credit that we kept playing away.”