Duns’ young guns forced to settle for the draw

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DUNS 1 ORMISTON 1

Duns kept themselves ahead of their East Lothian rivals with a draw that neither helped nor hindered either side too much.

In an uneventful match, Duns took the lead after half an hour, when Aiden Lauder slotted home calmly after collecting a delightful through ball from Gary Waddell.

Credit must go to the Duns attack: despite Ormiston’s lowly position, they actually have one of the best defensive records in the league.

The home team could not hold out for the three points, though, and Ormiston capitalised on defensive indecision with 20 minutes to go.

A bobbling ball in the Duns box was not cleared, and eventually found its way past keeper Lumsden.

Both sides had chances to snatch a win, with Lumsden making a good save late on and Connor Devaney heading agonisingly wide.

In the end both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

For the Dingers, the league table remains a secondary concern to squad development.

And assistant manager Stevie Lennon reiterated this fact after the game.

“We’re not hardly thinking about the table,” he said.

“We’ve lost so many players to injury, this season is all about giving some youngsters a taste and preparing for next time round.

“Aiden Lauder is only 17, and Regan Graham is still just 16. This can be a tough league for the younger lads, but they’ve given themselves a good showing so far.”

With such talents getting an early taste of competitive action, the future is sure to be an interesting one for Duns.

“Hopefully next year we’ll be that much stronger, when people return, ad with the experience that the young boys have got this time around,” Lennon continued.

Next up for Duns is a sterner test of their youth and thinning squad, with a visit to runaway league leaders Coldstream, in a rearranged fixture.

Duns: Lumsden, Burns, Lee, Stewart, Renton, Douglas, Weatherburn (Cornish, 66’) Brydon, Lauder, Devaney, Waddell (Graham, 80’).