HAWICK UTD COLTS LADIES1
No one could blame Hawick United Colts new ladies team for being slightly nervous on Sunday as they stepped out in front of a home crowd for the first time.
Having suffered a double figure drubbing away to top Scottish regional outfit Renfrew the previous week it was with some trepidation that the Borders’ newest football squad welcomed central division two outfit Cumbernauld to the 3G pitch at Netherdale.
By the end of 90 minutes however it was a far more confident Hawick side who ran off the pitch. For despite suffering another defeat the team, featuring several ladies new to the game all together, had displayed a much improved performance and scored their first ever goal to boot.
Manager Wullie Frew was also pleased with the outcome.
“The better team won to give them there due but the United Colts ladies showed a huge improvement in terms of team work.
“There was also a bit more pace up the wings today which is something we can build on.”
Defence was one area the team had been working on and despite spending the opening 10 minutes under serious pressure the Hawick side held out well. Confusion in the goalmouth led to the opening goal with Cumbernauld’s Summer Garrety taking advantage to poke the ball in.
Some innovative play by Vikki Telfer and Tanyta Johnston gave the Hawick support hope as the game approached the 20 minute mark but it was the visitors who took their chances, this time Amy Summers firing in to double the tally. Amy Davidson scoring a third before the break.
Determination was evident within the Borders squad after the restart and it showed on the field as confidence grew. Johnston made an inspired solo run from the halfway line only to hit the crossbar with her powerful strike but United were quick to regain control in the box and it was Carly Anderson who fired into the top corner to notch the first ever goal for her team.
Further efforts were thwarted with Roxanne Renwick and Gemma Fletcher also going close and, despite some heroic saves from home ‘keeper Katie Sanderson Cumbernauld managed to add two more through Caitlin Canovan and Rachael Kadel.