Duns delight with win over Premier League leaders

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DUNS 2, STIRLING UNIVERSITY 1

The Premier Division leaders had won nine and drawn one of their 10 games this season but the Dingers were unimpressed by those stats as they took the game to the students.

Good work by Michael Robinson allowed Gary Waddell to set up Steven Burns for his fourth goal in his last three games with only a minute on the clock.

The Dingers created several more chances without managing to hit the net but suffered a blow when new signing Michael Robinson had to go off with a broken nose.

The impressive Kieran Lee then put Cameron Beasley through and he chipped the ‘keeper to put the home side 2-0 up.

The second half saw Duns forced back but they defended resolutely until the 80th minute when Stirling pulled a goal back.

It was all hands to the pump for the last 10 minutes (plus five more in stoppage time) and home ‘keeper Scott Lumsden had to be at his best to keep the students at bay.

The Dingers were out on their feet by the end but the revival continues with a result that will make others sit up and take notice.

This was a great all round team performance from Duns.

Make no mistake this was a huge win and thoroughly merited over a team previously unbeaten in ten and top of the league.

This win takes Duns off the foot of the section and means they are by no means out of this competition.

Robinson, had to go to hospital after sustaining a broken nose. Manager Carl Hudson said Robinson wanted to play on, but it was clear from his injuries he was unable to continue.

Hudson says he has been delighted with the way the players have responded since he took over and Saturday;s win against a strong Premier League outfit will have been a huge boost to their confidence.

“We have been working on a few things in training,” he said, “and the players have shown a willingness to listen and to learn.

“We have also worked on their general fitness and results like this shown that they are starting to gain the benefits.

“We might have been three up against Stirling at half-time, but we knew they would come back strongly in the second half and for a while it was like the Alamo. But the players showed great resolve and dug out the victory.”

Duns: Lumsden, Ainslie, A Renton, Dixon, G Renton, McGregor (R Burns), Weatherburn, Lee, Robinson (Beasley), S Burns (Bowell) Waddell.