Border Amateur ‘A’ Division
THE snow and frost had been replaced by sweeping rain and a swirling wind. Football was back, however, after a long absence.
It wasn’t a happy return though as far as Hawick Legion were concerned. For in this battle of the Legions, the Wilton Lodge Park outfit came off second best, the Hawick side’s quest for much-needed points to haul themselves from the bottom of the league proving fruitless.
Hawick Legion co-manager Billy Brunton was disappointed with the outcome, and told the ‘Hawick News’: “Three players cried off on Saturday morning and this didn’t help us. It was unfortunate but you just have to accept these things happen and you’ve just got to get on with it.
“I thought we deserved to get something out of the game but we didn’t have much luck.
“Although playing into the wind in the first half, we hit the woodwork twice and were unlucky to a be a goal down at half-time. We had nearly all of the play in the second period but we found scoring goals difficult and this let us down badly.
“I can’t fault the side for lack of effort. And although everybody grafted hard, it just wasn’t to be for us.”
With a strong wind behind them, Jed made the early running and after Graeme Hyland had thundered a free kick over the bar, Clark Scott drove in a shot that forced home keeper Chris Watson into making a save.
In heavy rainfall which was to continue throughout the entire match, Hawick replied with a well-worked move that almost produced a goal. On gathering a Luke Cooper pass, youngster Scott Duncan shook off a challenge before firing wide.
Minutes later, Dean McColm caused Jed concern with a good run down the right, before unleashing an angled drive that cannoned off the post.
In the 24th minute, Jed opened the scoring. Nathan Gillie threaded a cross to the feet of Gary Hunter, who drove in a shot that appeared net-bound until Watson hurled himself to his right to tip the ball against the post. However, the alert Hunter followed up to stab home the rebound.
Just after this, McColm hit the woodwork for the second time with a well-struck effort that glanced off the upright.
In the second period and with the wind in their favour, Hawick began to gain the upper hand, McColm spurning a great opportunity for the equaliser when firing straight at Jed keeper David McWilliam after being put in the clear by Liam Gellaitry.
Hawick continued to push forward, but apart from David Battle being thwarted by a McWilliam save, they were not making much use of their possession.
And although on the defensive, Jed were looking dangerous on the break, and Calum Webb came near to scoring following a solo run.
A goal was only delayed though and the visitors found the net again in the 78th minute. Fraser Lennox whipped over a cross and Jacob Hawthorn did the rest by driving a shot past Watson.
A minute later, Hawick opened their account. Bryan Tait, back in action after a long lay-off through injury, had come on as a substitute and swung over a dangerous-looking cross. Hyland attempted to clear but only succeeded in heading the ball past his own keeper.
In a hectic closing spell, Tait and Webb both came close to netting at their respective ends.
HAWICK LEGION: C. Watson, J. Dalgliesh, A. McFarlane, J. Nisbet, N. McConnell, D. Battle, C. Brown, L. Gellaitry, S. Duncan, L. Cooper and D. McColm. Substitutes: B. Tait, R. McConnell and S. Renton