Royalists falter in Peebles defeat

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Royal Albert failed in their quest to do the double over Peebles on Saturday, having already beaten them in a cup-tie on the opening day of the season.

The Whitstone Park outfit were positive, organised and clinical, and while Royalists had their moments with some good passing football, it was Rovers who had that bit extra that was needed to record a worthy win.

The game began at a whirlwind pace and after chances had fallen at both ends, Peebles opened the scoring with 11 minutes gone. Albert defender Robert Boyd upending Scott Sutherland in the box. It was a penalty all the way and Jim Young made no mistake with the spot-kick.

Royalists then showed what they had to offer with a well-worked move. After latching onto a Blake Wales pass, Shaun Spence found Alieu Faye with a cut-back, only for the latter to then mishit a shot with just the home keeper Darren Walker to beat.

Wales then came near to snatching an equaliser with a well-struck drive that dipped narrowly over the bar following good play by Faye.

After Jason Darling had squandered a good chance for the home side, Chris Flockhart was inches off target with a header on meeting a Steven Anderson cross.

The action continued to flow and Walker pulled off a fine save from Cameron MacFarlane.

In the 56th minute, Peebles extended their lead when Daniel McAleavy rose well at the back post to bullet home a well-flighted Darling corner-kick.

Five minutes later, Rovers went further ahead. Following a Darling free-kick, Chris Flockhart sent in a header which Albert keeper Kyle Rankin did well to push away. The ball, however, broke to the feet of Young who netted from close range. This counter killed off the game.

Royalists pushed and probed but Peebles were in control and the result was never in doubt.

Talking to the Hawick News, Albert coach Dean Shanks said: “Peebles took the game by the scruff of the neck. They played to their strengths and this worked.

“It’s all a bit frustrating as we’ve been doing well and then this happens. But we will just have to pick ourselves up.”

Hawick Royal Albert: K. Rankin, C. Robertson, C. Spence, R. Boyd, S. McKenzie, S. Crozier, G. Pettigrew, M. Lynch, A. Faye, B. Wales, C. MacFarlane. Subs: S. Campbell, B. Nwanze, G. Shillinglaw, L. Mitchell, A. Mackay.