HAWICK High School hosted its first ever Staff v Students football game, serving up a seven-goal thriller and raising money for charity to boot.

After some superb end-to-end action the Staff edged an extremely close game 4-3, the pupils being denied a last-second equaliser by only the width of the post.

The Staff roared into a two-goal lead early on through Richard Allott and Craig Kellagher, before Alistair Colville hauled his side back into it.

Greg Fairbairn netted for the Staff shortly before half-time, but his goal was matched just as quickly after the break by Scott Duncan.

Fairbairn scored again, but when the pupils struck to make it 4-3 a grandstand finish was at hand. Peter Needham was unlucky to see his goalbound volley turned onto the bar by Staff goalie Thomas Clark, and only a fluke deflection onto the post denied the Students a long-range equaliser with the last action of the game.

“It was a competitive game played in a really good spirit, and hopefully the first of many,” organiser Thomas Clark said. “Huge thanks are due to everybody who turned out to play or to watch.”

The school’s Charity Committee were on hand to accept donations at the gate and sell hot refreshments on a very cold day, raising £60 for pupil Ruairidh Tait’s sponsored walk for MS.