Border Amateur League round-up

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TWEEDMOUTH AMS 6

PEEBLES 0

Tweedmouth Amateurs warmed up for their appearance in this weekend’s Collie Cup final with a convincing 6-0 win over Peebles.

The team travel to Earlston on Saturday for the Collie Cup final against Hawick Legion Rovers.

Club spokesman John Short said: “The club is very much looking forward to its first cup final in this league.

“Our last success was the Forsyth Cup back in 2012.

“We have a full squad to choose from for the final, apart from young ‘Teejay’ Gibson, who picked up a ligament injury in the semi final against Duns.

Janis Turnbull has had an ankle injury but if he comes through training this week he should be okay for a place on the bench.”

The home side had to reshuffle their pack against Peebles last Saturday due to injury and availability of players, but this was not going to be an issue, as Tweedmouth almost immediately began the game on the front foot, creating a number of decent chances during the early exchanges.

They opened the scoring after 20 minutes following a cross from Matty Clark which found Stewart ‘Shak’ Thompson to score his first for the club.

He then added a quick second with a spectacular overhead kick to put the home side two up going into the break.

Into the second half Tweedmouth knew they could go up a couple of gears which they did and 15 minutes in Jay Clark made it three after the Peebles goalkeeper spilled the ball in front of him.

Tweedmouth brought on Wood for him to also score his first for the club following an assist from Jay Clark, after only being on for a matter of minutes with a calm finish.

He could count himself unlucky not to add to this as he hit the woodwork twice!.

With one eye on next week’s game, Tweedmouth had the luxury of being able to rest a couple of players and brought on Tweedmouth stalwarts Dixon and Rodgers, with the latter scoring twice in the final ten minutes, the first coming from a fine cross by Matty Clark which was headed in easily at the far post, and the second with another fine through ball from Jay Clark, finishing with aplomb from a tight angle giving the visiting goalkeeper no chance,

This was a professional job by Tweedmouth to claim the three league points and remain on top of the league.

○Gordon bowed out of the Scottish Amateur Cup when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Electric in the third round.

The visitors drew first blood, but a goal by Kevin Utterson made it 1-1.

However, a stupid challenge in the box resulted in a penalty being awarded and Electric scored from the spot to book their place in the next round.

LINTON HOTSPUR 1

COLDSTREAM AMS 4

The home side started the match brightly, playing some neat football, without really troubling the Streamers’ back line.

Coldstream created several chances before Turnbull opened the scoring after 30 minutes..

A long clearance from Triebel was controlled expertly by Simpson, who then beat four home defenders before rifling the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. The same player struck again on the stroke of half time with a neat finish to make it 3-0.

The home side pressing and they pulled a goal back direct from a free kick on 50 minutes. This saw them take the game to Coldstream but the visitors took control of the game again in the final 20 minutes with Simpson completing his hat trick with another neat finish.

HAWICK WAVERLEY 0

GREENLAW 6

This was a game which had everything - six goals, three penalties and three players sent off.

Against the run of play Mark Long burst up the left to fire the visitors in front with a low drive across the keeper. They made it 2-0 soon after when Smillie was fouled in the box, the Waverley defender was shown red for his protest and Greenlaw goalkeeper Simmonds stepped up and finished the penalty well.

Five minutes before half time Chris Black was tripped in the box and the referee awarded another penalty and sent a second Waverley player off. Black stepped up this time and coolly slotted it away.

Ten minutes into the second half Hawick were dealt a further blow when Smillie again was brought down in the box, this time by the Waverley keeper who also saw red. Black stepped up and scored his second of the day.

Soon after Black completed his hat trick with a good header from an inch perfect ball by Knox. The scoring was completed five minutes from time when substitute Jamie Wright hit home a volley from 25 yards out which the substitute keeper couldn’t hold.

ANCRUM 1

CHRNSIDE UNITED 3

Once again due to injuries and work commitments Chirnside had to draft in two players from the Colts and call on another four ex-players to field a team on Saturday.

With both teams at the wrong end of the table this was a vital game for one of the teams to come away with the three points.

With Ancrum obviously seeing the changes in the Chirnside team they went all out for an early goal and for the first 15 minutes had the majority of the play but could not break down the makeshift Chirnside defence being well marshalled by Mark Hume and Jamie Stobie at the heart of the defence and full backs Davie Lough and Mickey Patterson.

Chirnside then came more into the game with Duncan Morrison and Craig Dishingston settling in to take hold of the mid field and create some chances for the front two of Adam Turner and Daniel Pattenden.

Adam Turner was fouled just outside the box and up stepped Mark Hume to take the free kick from which he bent round the ball into the bottom corner of the net – a blast from the past – to take the lead.

Chirnside scored their second within a minute of kicking off the second half after Duncan Morrison played a through ball to Daniel Pattenden who drifted by three players and unselfishly squared the ball back across the goal for Adam Turner to stroke the ball into the net.

Martin Todd in the Chirnside goal had to be on his toes on a couple of occasions to pull off a couple of fine saves from the Ancrum strikers as they began to find more holes in the Chirnside defence due to tired legs.

The game was put to bed after Jake Lough and Adam Turner linked up well for Turner to scuff his shot over the keeper from a tight angle into the net. With five minutes left Ancrum were awarded a penalty from which they scored.