HAWICK Royal Albert followed up their second win of the season with a hard earned draw at Duns on Saturday.
Lawrie Dunn’s men are by no means out of the wilderness, but they are taking tentative steps in the right directions.
And such is their renaissance of late that the Albert manager was left somewhat disappointed by the result at Gavinton Park.
He told the Hawick News: “I have mixed emotions about the game. Before the match I would gladly have taken a draw, but it ended up a game we should have won.
“I’m really disappointed we didn’t get the three points as we deserved them.
“All of the guys played really well and I was very happy with our showing.”
With a strong, swirling wind gusting across the park both sides took time to settle and the early play brought about few scoring opportunities.
Royalists came close when the lively Andy Noble had a good effort blocked by former Berwick Rangers defender Dougie Brydon after receiving a pass from new signing Jason Wood.
Martin Patton then had a chance to open the scoring from a Darrell Laing cross, only to miscue his shot.
The Albert continued to have the better of matters, but apart from pulling off a fine save from Jack McGhie, home keeper Scott Lumsden wasn’t seriously tested.
Towards the interval Duns began to make their presence felt more only to fall behind within minutes of the second half.
Back in the side following suspension, Paul Power, who impressed throughout, broke through the Duns rearguard and as he attempted to round Lumsden, had his legs whipped away from him by the big diving keeper.
The referee pointed to the spot and Power picked himself up and drilled away the resultant penalty with great precision.
However, within minutes Duns drew level when John Waugh polished off an attack by driving home a Bruce Chisholm pass.
Neither outfit was looking for a draw and both sides pushed for the winning goal.
In a tense finish, Noble and Kris O’Neil both came close to obliging, but the game ended in a draw.