Royalists blow their chanc to topple title contenders

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HAWICK Royal Albert assistant manager Graeme Chadwick has admitted his side’s failure to take advantage of the conditions on Saturday ultimately cost them at St Mark’s Park.

The Albert went into the break just a goal behind after playing into a blustering wind in the first half. And while they spent much of the second period on the offensive, it was the home side who scored another goal late in the game.

Chadwick said: “It was hard going in the first half as Craigrosyton had the wind at their backs. But we defended and competed well and were a bit unlucky to be a goal down at half-time.

“In the second half though our final ball and passing wasn’t that good and we should have had more shots on goal which was frustrating and disappointing.

“We deserved to take something out of the match and I thought we more than matched Craigroyston who are one of the best sides in the league.”