Profligate Royalists open with cup defeat

Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick
Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick
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HAWICK ROYAL ALBERT were left to rue the chances they spurned as Saturday’s East of Scotland League Cup clash ended in a 3-0 defeat at Stirling University.

Although being beaten by the premier division outfit, Albert manager Graeme Chadwick was far from downbeat with his side’s opening performance of the season.

“We battled well against a good Stirling side, and created a few chances. Had we taken them it would have been a different game.

“I can take a lot of encouraging things from the game, and I’m very optimitic about the campaign ahead.

Stirling scored twice in the first half and stretched their lead after the break.

Albert’s Kevin Strathdee was twice foiled by magnificent saves from the students’ keeper, while Mike Smith hit the upright with a header.