Win proves elusive for Hawick Legion Rovers

Legion Rovers' Malcolm Cooper shuts down a Biggar United attack
Legion Rovers' Malcolm Cooper shuts down a Biggar United attack

Hawick Legion Rovers are still searching for their first win of the season following Saturday’s disappointing defeat at home to the South Lanarkshire outfit.

Heavy rain swept over Wilton Lodge Park for long periods of Saturday’s Border Amateur ‘C’ Division encounter, but there was to be no singing and dancing in the rain for Rovers

It wasBiggar who began in a promising manner, and following a thrusting run, Cameron Fowler squared a pass to Alan Brown who fired in a shot that forced home keeper Kevin Millar into making a fine save.

A goal was only delayed, though, and Biggar broke the deadlock in the ninth minute when Darren Gray hit a Jamie Henderson cut-back past Millar.

Rovers came rallying back and Steven Lowe was off target with a header from a well-flighted Chay Caldwell corner-kick.

Scott Duncan then caused the visitors concern by weaving inside from the flank before firing in a shot that was held by diving Biggar keeper Max Franchitti.

After Jamie Dickson had blasted a Caldwell cross over the bar, Biggar increased their lead in the 27th minute. Jamie Henderson emerged the marksman when polishing off a move with a spot-on finish.

After Biggar had squandered a couple of chances, Dickson almost got Rovers on level terms towards the interval.

Minutes into the second period, Malcolm Cooper sent Dickson racing in with a good through ball but the Rovers striker fired over the bar.

Following a Millar save from a Stuart Gallagher free-kick, Craig McCutcheon almost opened Rovers’ account with a well-struck drive that went narrowly over the upright.

Fowler was then not far away in adding to United’s tally, while at the other end, Franchitti did well to keep his goal intact when saving an Alistair Colville shot following a corner-kick.

After James Robertson had jumped well to head a Tom Robertson corner over the bar, Biggar struck again with five minutes remaining, with defender Neil McCreadie producing the scoring touch.

Summing up the game, Rovers assistant manager Alan Morrison told the Hawick News: “I was disappointed with the way we performed. We are putting it together at training but we are not getting it right on the park in a game. At times we couldn’t even string a few passes together. Biggar are a good side but we should have done a lot better against them than we did.”

Legion Rovers: K. Millar, L. Johnston, A. Colville, M. Cooper, T. Craggs, C. Caldwell, C. McCutcheon, S. Lowe, J. Dickson, J. Shankie, S. Duncan. Subs: J. Robertson, R. Law, L. Telfer, C. Turnbull, A. Morrison.