Melrose 0-3 Chirnside Utd Colts

Scorer: Duncan Morrison
Scorer: Duncan Morrison

The Colts travelled to Netherdale on Saturday to play their penultimate league game of the season against an in form Melrose team who were also hoping to finish in a promotion place.

The Colts had the majority of play in the first half but as in a number of games this season this young side created loads of chances but failed to put the finishing touches to them.

A cross from Daniel Pattenden after five minutes found Sean Lackenby but the ball took a bobble just before he shot and it went the wrong side of the post. Matt Lawson played Joe Condy in with only the keeper to beat but he elected to pass across goal rather than shoot and with no takers the chance was gone.

Two perfect free kicks, one from Lee Hanan and another from Daniel Pattenden, each found the head of Jordan Wood but on both occasions he headed over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

With 10 minutes of the first half remaining Melrose almost snatched the lead when their number 10 fired in a shot from 18 yards which hit the post.

Two minutes into the second half the Colts took the lead. Pattenden’s corner to the back post was headed back across goal by Sean Lackenby for Duncan Morrison to bundle the ball over the line.

Melrose came more into the game after that and dominated the next half hour and only some superb defending from Duncan Morrison and Dan Romanies at the heart of the Colts’ defence, ably backed up by full backs Ryan Wood and Luke Turner, kept them at bay.

The turning point of the game came after Robert Armstrong took a free kick from 25 yards which looked to be heading for the rugby posts on the other pitch before it took a wicked deflection off a Melrose defender and ended up in the Melrose net.

This took the steam out of Melrose and the Colts came back into the game with Jake Lough making the keeper pull off a fine save and Luke Turner heading over the bar from two yards.

Lee Hanan put the result beyond doubt from the penalty spot after Jordon Wood was fouled in the box.