United hit four in abandoned match

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Hawick United 4

Earlston Rhymers 2

(game abandoned after 55 minutes)

This Waddell Cup first round encounter did not last its course due to being abandoned because of atrocious conditions in the early stages of the second half.

Hawick United, however, more than made their presence felt throughout the action that did take place in producing some fluent, attractive football as well as scoring four goals.

The Tangerines got off to an excellent start in taking an early lead with a gem of a goal from Ross Scott who found the net with a superbly-struck overhead shot on meetinga Kevin Strathdee cross.

United kept their foot on the gas and increased their lead through a Daniel Bolton strike. Moving the ball about well in trying conditions, United duly went further in front. Scott swung over a cross which was volleyed home by Kevin Strathdee.

Towards the interval, Kevin Strathdee produced the scoring touch after being set up by Scott Storrie. Early in the second period, Earlston reduced the leeway. Minutes later, the Rhymers scored again when United defender David Strathdee put through his own goal when attempting to clear.

The cup tie was not to last much longer, though, and referee David McNeil decided to bring an end to the game because of the horrendous conditions.

Talking of matters, United manager Geo Shepherd said: “The referee had no real option than to abandon the game. There had been a snow blizzard and you couldn’t see the lines. Despite the terrible conditions, which were bad from the start, we played some tremendous stuff. In fact we produced some of our best football of the season. Crazy, but true.”

At the moment it is not known whether the final score will stand in the way of a result.