Rovers pay penalty

SANDERSON CUP

Winton2

Hawick Legion Rovers1

A GREATLY-IMPROVED Legion Rovers narrowly missed out on causing an upset against Winton. The East Lothian outfit started strongly and it came as no surprise when they grabbed the lead with a superbly-taken goal in the opening ten minutes. A wonderful volley from 25 yards out which left Jimmy Gillespie in the Rovers goal with no chance.

Winton continued to press and it was only some dogged Hawick defending and excellent goalkeeping that prevented them from extending their lead. With experienced defender Malcolm Cooper then having to depart due to injury, Rovers faced an uphill struggle.

But just before half-time and against the run of play, Gavin Brady latched onto a poor defensive clearance and drove the ball into the Winton net from 20 yards.

Buoyed by thair goal, the Teries began the second half strongly and John Shankie rattled the underside of the bar from a Brady corner.

Rovers then got the rub of the green when a Winton header cannoned off the post, then the bar and appeared to cross the line, before a frantic clearance. The referee waved away appeals for the goal to be given.

With tempers fraying, the hosts were then reduced to 10 men for violent conduct. They still managed to grab a late winner, though, when a Greg Shiels challenge inside the area resulted in the official pointing to the spot. And despite getting a strong hand to the resultant spot-kick, keeper Gillespie was unable to prevent the ball crossing the line.

It was a harsh lesson for Rovers who performed admirably with youngster Davis Hope and captain Richard Snowdon in particular showing up well.