United hit six past Rhymers in cup rout

Hawick United's Kevin Strathdee
Hawick United's Kevin Strathdee

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United got off to a flying start in taking an early lead in Saturday’s Waddell Cup first-round tie. Robbie Kelly cutting inside to shoot home after receiving a Mark Todd pass.

Pushing forward at every opportunity, United soon added to their tally.Grant Ferguson emerging the Tangerines’ marksman after a move involving Ross Scott and Colin Richardson.

Matters were not going Earlston’s way, however, worse was to come for Rhymers when they had a player dismissed for handling a net-bound shot from Kevin Strathdee. A spot kick was also awarded, which was netted by Strathdee.

Before half-time, Strathdee did the business again in scoring with a left-footed chipped shot from a Kelly pass.

For the remainder of the match, Rhymers had their backs against the wall and it came as no real surprise when United went nap. A David Slight shot was pushed out by the Earlston keeper and the ever-ready Strathdee was on hand to ram home the loose ball.

United keeper Dean Fry brought an end to the scoring with a perfectly-taken penalty.

Hat-trick ace Strathdee said of the game: “We played well from the start and even before Earlston went down to ten men we were well on top.”