ON-FIRE Waverley breathed some heat into a cold Tuesday night with a red-hot show at Netherdale.
Giving an excellent all-round performance, the Hawick side really impressed and knocked a Gala outfit, who were in the race for championship honours, right out of their stride.
Manager Bruce Hughes said: “I’m chuffed to bits with our win. Our attitude was brilliant, particularly when we went a goal down.
“Gala are a good footballing side but in the second half we closed them right down and limited them to long-range shots.”
In a game which was a great advert for Border Amateur football, Waverley drew first blood by sailing into the lead in the seventh minute. Latching onto a long ball from the back, Jordan Yardley raced in to round Rovers keeper Steven King and stick a shot into the empty net.
Seven minutes later Gala drew level when Ryan Grant weaved his way inside from the flank before shooting into the corner.
With both sides producing fast, fluent football on the 3G pitch, the action continued at a brisk pace and in the 22nd minute the homesters took the lead. Jordan Steele passed the ball through to Des Sutherland and he danced out of a challenge before blasting home.
But just four minutes later Waverley were back on level terms. Rovers failed to clear a Taylor Hope corner and in the goalmouth scramble that followed, Jamie Richardson drove the ball past King in what was his 100th game for the Waverley.
Talking of his extra-special goal, Richardson said: “It’s always good to score a goal, especially against a Gala side.
“It was extra nice to mark my 100th game for the Waverley with a goal though and I’m very pleased.”
Waverley should have increased their lead after 66 minutes with a penalty but Ross Wallace missed the spot kick.
But they did edge ahead in the 54th minute when Yardley’s shot cannoned back off the bar and Ross McLeod rattled in the rebound.
Gala pushed for an equaliser but were sent reeling when Yardley put them into further arrears.
Grant Ferguson then came close before Sutherland reduced the deficit late on with a free-kick.