Rovers mount case for the defence but Lauder get the verdict

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Despite continued improve-ments in their defensive showing, Hawick Legion Rovers were unable to take anything from Saturday’s encounter.

The hosts had the best of the opening period, with a strong wind at their backs, without troubling Jimmy Gillespie in the visitors’ goal.

With Davis Hope and the returning Aaron Massie in defence, Rovers looked comfortable until Brandon McKendrick stuck out a leg in a challenge in the box. The attacker needed no second invitation with a penalty the result.

Despite getting a strong hand to the resultant spot kick, Gillespie was unable to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

This jolted Rovers into action and Andrew Tinlin forced a comfortable stop from the goalkeeper, with Chay Caldwell also coming close.

But it was Lauder who went further ahead with some excellent play down the right, which opened up an opportunity from eight yards out, leaving Gillespie with no chance.

With Lauder going further ahead before the break, it left Rovers with a tough task for the remainder of the match.

The second half was evenly contested with Gillespie being called into action and producing two excellent saves early on.

Substitute Dylan Mitchell had Rovers’ best chance but his drive was blocked. With the game slipping away, Rovers were reduced to ten men when Chris Dunne was given his marching orders for dissent.

Rovers battled until the final whistle – with the midfield duo of Tinlin and Scott Clarkson again showing up well – but couldn’t find a way through.

n Winner of Hawick Legion’s £100 monthly draw for October is Gibbon Take.