Mixed bag for youth footballers

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Hawick Youth Under-17s were beaten 4-1 by Melrose in a lively and entertaining match at Wilton Lodge Park on Sunday.

The hosts started well and held Melrose at bay for 25minutes until Blacklock scored after a quick long throw caught the Hawick defence napping. Kerr added another a few minutes before half-time with a powerful 18-yard strike.

Hawick introduced Brockie at half-time and his immediate impact brought the home side back into the game, when he outpaced the Melrose defence and scored a cracker. Hawick’s revival was shortlived, however, and Armstrong scored minutes later to restore Melrose’s two-goal cushion. Hawick’s midfield pushed and prodded but were unable to breach the visitors’ rearguard, and Blacklock netted his second with minutes remaining to seal a somewhat flattering 4-1 win for Melrose.

Hawick can take a lot of positives from the match, especially the way they competed, challenged and battled throughout. Thomson, Mckay and Remond deserve special mention for their hard work.

In a hard-fought match in heavy conditions, Hawick Under-13s overcame a dogged Lauder side by four goals to one. The Wilton Lodge Park outfit had the best of the early exchanges with the visitors’ keeper producing a string of fantastic saves from efforts by Kelly, Roberts and Thomson. James Delaney made no mistake with the opener when latching onto the rebound from a Roberts drive which had drawn another fine stop by the Lauder number one. The impressive Delaney added a second from a Kelly corner, volleying in a right-foot shot from close range. The young Teries continued to press with further efforts from Olival, Aston and Delaney producing terrific stops from the visitors ‘keeper, as well as efforts from Kelly and Roberts missing the target.

Lauder hit back in the second period, grabbing a goal, hitting the post, and forcing some stout defending from Olival, Slorance and Johnston.

The third period saw Hawick back on the front foot, with Delaney completing a memorable hat-trick with a right-foot drive into the bottom corner of the net. There was still time for the young Teries to add a fourth, and a mazy Ryan Middlemas run past two Lauder defenders saw the latter firing in a shot which deflected into the path of Murray who finished well.