Legion upset odds as they hold league leaders Gala

Border Amateur ‘A’ Division

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HAWICK Legion produced a top drawer performance to earn a share of the spoils against top-of-the-table Gala Rovers.

Conditions weren’t great and Rovers played some excellent football, but the home defence was solid.

The first half saw few chances for either side with the closest to a goal coming from Des Sutherland of Gala when he hit the bar with a header.

In the second period the visitors continued to look for the opening goal but couldn’t find a way past the Legion rearguard. And when they did they found Michael White in inspired form in goal.

Against the run of play the home side took the lead through Jodie Easdon. The midfielder did well to chase down the Rovers defender and then the keeper who inadvertently played the ball off Easdon, leaving him the easy task of putting it into an empty net.

This sparked Gala into life and they pushed hard for an equaliser which duly came 15 minutes from time. A Rovers midfielder was allowed too much space to run through the defence and when he squared the ball into the box there were three Gala players waiting to finish it off.

Gala pushed forward in the final minutes looking for a winner but Legion deservedly held out to gain a share of the points.

Legion manager Clinton Sharkey said: “The contrast from last week’s performance was incredible. The return of Steven Sharkey and Anthony Craggs made a massive difference but everyone can be proud with the way we played.”