Rough justice as United go down in Chirnside battle but it’s a high five for Storey

Border Amateur ‘B’ Division

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Hawick United2

UNITED were on the wrong end of the result in a bad-tempered game at Chirnside.

The Tangerines found themselves a goal down early on after a pass into the box looked as if it was going to run out of play, only for the Chirnside player to get a toe on it and knock it into the net. United’s Kevin Strathdee hit the outside of the post before levelling on the half-hour from Ryan Shepherd’s cutback.

The game erupted just into the second period when the Chirnside came in fists flailing after a tackle by Sean Owens, who was then kicked as he lay on the ground. Incredibly, the Chirnside referee sent Owens off, along with a home player. The hosts then took the lead with a header from a free kick, but United levelled through Strathdee. Ross Scott spurned two great chances and Chirnside broke away to make it 3-2.

United should have had a penalty when Strathdee was brought down but the referee waved away appeals and sent off Dale Drummond for protesting.

Border Amateur ‘C’ Division

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St Boswells2

Legion Rovers romped to victory with their best performance of the season against St Boswells.

After just three minutes Rovers could have grabbed the lead with Chay Caldwell feeding Neil Storey who shot over.

The goal duly arrived, though, when Storey powered home a header after good work by Jamie Dickson.

St Boswells then came roaring back into the match with a penalty following a hand ball by Brian Stavert.

It was Storey who regained Rovers’ lead, and after two missed chances by Caldwell, he grabbed a deserved hat-trick on the stroke of half time.

The second period began slowly until Storey again lit up matters, and following good build-up play by Scott Clarkson, the former slid the ball beyond the keeper.

Despite conceding a goal, Rovers kept their nerve and with 15 minutes remaining Storey capped an exceptional performance by grabbing his and Rovers’ fifth.