Ten-man Hawick Waverley battle to victory

Action from Saturday Hawick Waverley versus Greenlaw match at Wilton Lodge Park.
Action from Saturday Hawick Waverley versus Greenlaw match at Wilton Lodge Park.

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Two Jordan Yardley goals steered ten-man Waverley to a merited victory.

Yardley notched the first of his brace in the opening minutes of this Border Amateur ‘A’ Division game when beating the Greenlaw keeper with a perfectly-struck 25-yard free-kick.

Waverley keeper Kerr Brown then thwarted the visitors with a cracking save, after which an evenly-fought first half brought about no more strikes.

Following the changeover, Waverley lost the services of Davis Hope who was dismissed for a second booking. Greenlaw, in turn, bagged an equaliser.

Waverley heads could well have dropped, this was not to be the case, though, and after Peter Gellaitry had been kept at bay by a magnificent stop from the Greenlaw number one, the Wilton Lodge Park side got a second counter which was to be the winner. Yardley completed his double when slotting away a Gellaitry cross.

Reflecting on his team’s showing, player/manager Neal McConnell commented: “It was a good battling performance. After having a man sent off and Greenlaw equalising we could have been in a bit of bother but instead this seemed to galvanise us. The boys fought hard, played well and we got a deserved win.”

Waverley have added to their background staff by bringing in former manager Mick Hope as a coach.

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Following a promising start to the season, Legion tumbled to their third successive defeat in this Border Amateur ‘A’ Division clash.

Legion player/manager Mark Deans, however, felt the result could well have gone the other way and said of this: “We knocked the ball about well, had loads of possession but ended up being beaten. As in our past few games we are not punishing sides the way we should be doing. We need to start scoring more goals and kill teams off. Gordon are a good side and are top of the league and it’s no disgrace to lose to them but I’m very disappointed as I felt we could have done something.”

During a hard-fought first half, Legion came near to finding the net when Scott Duncan hit a shot against the post.

Gordon, on the other hand, did produce the scoring touch when the Legion defence failed to clear a harmless-looking kick upfield and the visitors cashed in by scoring. Gordon went on to net a second.

Legion were still very much in the game, though, and pulled a goal back.

Simon Philbin skipped his way out of two challenges before finding Michael Moir with a pass and the Legion striker netted from close range.

In the closing stages, Gordon hit in a third.

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Fielding an understrength side, Legion Rovers found themselves 2-0 in arrears at half-time of Saturday’s Border Amatuer ‘C’ Division match.

Following the changeover, Rovers reduced the leeway. Making his Rovers debut, youngster Ronan McKean, who showed up well when coming on as a substitute, set up a chance for Steven Lowe which the latter finished off well.

Rovers battled hard for an equaliser but failed to find the net.

Rovers manager Alex Caldwell said of matters: “We were struggling for a squad and had to bring in some new boys. It’s just not happening for us at the moment. We created a few chances but couldn’t take them. Selkirk didn’t have many chances but managed to score twice and that made all the difference.”