U-17s topple leaders

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Hawick 17s played host to league leaders Gala at Wilton Lodge Park, and it proved to be a tough encounter, with the first half producing a few chances for both teams

but neither outfit able to trouble the scoreboard and they went in at the break locked at 0-0.

Gala started the better in the second half, pushing for an early goal but the Hawick defence of Ryan Brady, Matthew Shepherd, Steven Drummond, goalkeeper Kerr Brown and captain Mason Clamp all put in great performances to thwart the visiting attackers.

Ten minutes into the second period it was Hawick who took the lead when Chay Caldwell broke down the left wing and played a pinpoint pass to Robbie Kelly who blasted the ball into the net.

Five minutes later, Aaron Swailes stole the ball from a Gala defender and rifled a shot into the bottom corner. Nathan McNally then found space down the right wing and squared the ball for Kelly to score his second with a clinical finish. Hawick made it 4-0 when Charlie Mitchell headed in at the back post from a brilliant Dale Whillans cross.

Declan Hogg rounded off a superb performance when he dribbled past three Gala defenders before slotting the ball past their keeper. Gala notched a consolation goal late on to make the final score 5-1.

THE Hawick Youth Under-17 ‘B’ side started very brightly at Selkirk on Sunday, with Lewis Johnstone and Rory Latta both coming close to scoring in the opening minutes.

As time went on, Selkirk adapted better to the muddy underfoot conditions, and only some sharp anticipation from Hawick goalkeeper Fraser Hunter kept the hosts at bay and the score at 0-0 at half-time.

The second period saw chances for both teams but neither side managed to take advantage and score. Then, with time was running out, Johnstone had a glorious chance to win the game when he expertly side-stepped the home keeper, only to slip and shoot into the side netting with the goal at his mercy. All in all, a draw was probably the correct result.

Best for Hawick were Mathew Mole, Niall Crawford, Ethan Buchan and debutant goalkeeper Fraser Hunter.