Duns made hard work of this one, the first ever match between the two clubs.
They went a goal down after only three minutes after some slack defending. They pressed Melrose for long spells and were denied a penalty kick when Steven Burns was brought down just as he was about to score. Amazingly, it was spotted by no one on the park including the Duns players.
The Dingers were reduced to 10 men on 38 minutes when a dangerous tackle on goalkeeper Steven Young, who has just returned from a broken leg, led to a sharp right hook from the enraged ‘keeper.
Right on 45 minutes Duns were awarded a penalty which was slotted away by Jamie Lackenby who becomes the first Duns player to score in the Border Amateur League at New Hawthorn Park.
Duns had the wind behind them in the second half but squandered several chances and it was the visitors who took the lead on 70 minutes with a well hit shot despite being surrounded by four defenders.
Within two minutes it was all square again, this time Steven Burns netting and two minutes later Sean Robertson fired in what proved to be the winner.
TWEEDMOUTH AMS 7
HAWICK LEGION ROV 1
Tweedmouth welcomed Hawick Legion Rovers for their first game of the new season, The home side started the game a little edgy, but Matty Clark opened the scoring from 20 yards, a further two coming from Nicky Clark and Ross Williamson to put the home side three up at the break.
Clark made it 4-0 with further goals from Ryan Renton, Graeme Fairbairn and before Clark completed his hat-trick.
Hawick scored a consolation near the end but Tweedmouth were well in control.
Sponsor: Brewers Arms.