New signings shine for United as stunning goal seals deserved win

Border Amateur ‘B’ Division

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UNITED gained all three points with an excellent performance against Greenlaw at Duns.

Showing battling qualities, they were made to work hard for the victory, and although riding their luck at times, the win was deserved.

With three new signings in their side, United started the match well.

Newcomer Thomas Scott was getting forward at every opportunity and his runs were creating several half-chances for the visitors.

But although on top, the Tangerines couldn’t make the breakthrough.

Minutes from half-time their good play was finally rewarded when creative work in midfield, involving Luke Shanley and Steven Ellins, resulted in striker Kevin Strathdee laying the ball off to Ross Scott, who hammered a great shot into the bottom corner for a fantastic strike.

United came out of the blocks well at the start of the second half and Dale Drummond came close with a lobbed effort which went just wide.

But as the match wore on the visitors were increasingly being pressed back into their own half as Greenlaw searched for an equaliser.

And it almost arrived. After a succession of corners, United had a major let-off when a Greenlaw defender had an incredible miss in front of an open goal after a ball across was misjudged by the defence.

The United back line stood firm for the rest of the match and a welcome three points came their way.

A club spokesperson said: “It would be hard to single anyone out from an excellent team performance, but new recruits Ryan Shepherd and Thomas Scott were the pick of the bunch.”