Hawick Royal Albert lit up a bleak and gloomy Home Park with an excellent win in Saturday’s East of Scotland League clash.
Commenting on Royalists’ triumph, team boss Dean Shanks told the Hawick News: “Apart from losing a bad goal, I thought we played very well.
“We scored four goals away from home which is good going but we should have scored more. Coldstream have been going well this season so it really was a very good win for us, especially as we had a few players missing.”
Facing a Coldstream outfit that had two Hawick men, goalkeeper Chis Watson and central defender Jason Inglis, in their ranks, the Albert got off to a flying start by opening the scoring in the third minute. Latching on to the ball wide on the left, Cameron MacFarlane powered in a shot that beat Watson. Alieu Faye then got a touch to the ball on the goal-line. It was a goal but the scorer was unclear
Coldstream retaliated with a well-worked move which ended in Danny Simpson firing in a shot which was pushed away in fine style by Albert keeper Kyle Rankin.
Minutes later, Coldstream number one Watson excelled in pulling off a superb stop from Ryan Stevenson.
Former Hawick Legion signing Watson, in turn, foiled Royalists again when diving to tip away a Gavin Pettigrew shot following good play by Faye.
Coldstream had the edge for a spell after this but it was the Albert who did the scoring.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, Stevenson dented the Coldstream defence with a thrusting run before slipping a pass to the feet of Faye who polished matters off to perfection by shooting home.
The Albert Park outfit went further ahead in the 52nd minute through a well-worked goal. Darren Linton sparked off a move which began at the back and ended in Faye driving a low shot that sailed through the hands of the diving Watson and into the corner of the net.
Royalists were now firing on all cylinders and after Fergus Lockhart had rattled a Michael Lynch pass over the bar, Faye netted but was offside.
In the 66th minute, though, the Albert’s pressure paid off when Stewart Crozier notched a fourth with a free-kick which took a deflection off the Coldstream defensive wall.
Royalists were well in control but in the 73rd minute Coldstream reduced the leeway through a breakaway goal from Ash Longford.
The Albert dominated from here on, however, but failed to add to their tally by squandering several chances.
At the end of the match the ‘News’ spoke to Cameron MacFarlane and Alieu Faye to solve the mystery of who scored the opening goal. The outcome? Both players claimed it. However, Faye added: “Cameron thought he had scored and I thought I had scored but we’ll give the goal to Cameron.”
Hawick Royal Albert: K. Rankin, C. Robertson, S. Crozier, R. Boyd, M. McEwen, D. Linton, R. Stevenson, G. Pettigrew, A. Faye, F. Lockhart, C. MacFarlane. Subs: M. Lynch, S. McKenzie, A. Mackay.