Hearts of Liddesdale1
GREENLAW bounced back to winning ways with a convincing win over Hearts of Liddesdale.
The fixture had to be switched to Liddle View Park as snow was lying on the Greenlaw pitch. Liddesdale took the game to Greenlaw in the opening minutes but Greenlaw started to come into the game. The visitors were forced to make a change after 15 minutes when Toby Culham sustained an ankle injury, but they continued to press the home side, with William Smillie and Adam Smith failing to put away good chances.
Jake Galbraith on the right of midfield was also causing Liddesdale problems with his pace and it was his corner that set up Greenlaw’s first goal when it came down for manager Laurie Dunn, who showed his strikers how to finish by getting the ball down, drawing the keeper and firing it into the back of the net on the half-hour mark.
However, the lead didn’t last long as Greenlaw quickly gave away a sloppy goal.
Greenlaw came out for the second half firing on all cylinders. Galbraith made a number of surging runs down the right, whipping balls into the box, but the strikers failed to get on the end of them. Twenty minutes into the second half Galbraith collected the ball inside his own half and took off on a mazy run, beating about six players before hitting a left-footed drive into the bottom corner of the net.
Ten minutes before the end Greenlaw added to their tally when the Hearts keeper could only punch an inswinging corner ball as far as Lee Hannan, who beat the keeper to make it 3-1.
CHIRNSIDE had to rely on two late goals to rescue a point.
The visitors, with Todd making a rare appearance in goal, had the first chance when Armstrong put Windram clean through but the midfielder put his effort high and wide with just the keeper to beat.
West Barns took the lead after quarter of an hour when Todd pulled down their striker and they converted the resulting penalty. Chirnside should have equalised almost straight away but Condy shot straight at the keeper. At the other end the home team were having better luck in front of goal and their second goal was scored when a cross from the left was met by the lone striker who headed home unmarked.
After a half-time lecture from manager Blaikie, Chirnside dominated most of the second half. Substitute Adam Turner almost made an immediate impact but his shot went wide.
Despite having the bulk of possession it looked as though Chirnside wouldn’t be taking anything from the game until a wonder strike from Armstrong with ten minutes to go. He picked the ball up 40 yards out and his volley dipped in under the bar, leaving the keeper with no chance.
With five minutes left Turner equalised when he shot past the keeper from close range and he could have secured the points for the visitors in injury time but his shot went agonisingly past the post with just the keeper to beat.
Chirnside Utd Colts3
THE scoreline may suggest an easy victory for the Colts but they were made to work extremely hard for the points and if it hadn’t been for three top-class saves from keeper Jason Lugget it would have been a different outcome.
The first opening came the Colts’ way when R Wood played a ball up the line to D Smolenski who beat his marker and cut into the box to fire in a shot which the keeper did well to save.
Against the run of play Hawick took the lead with a long ball played up to their striker who looked well offside. He took the ball round the keeper and slotted home. The Colts levelled 10 minutes later through S Lackenby after a goalmouth scramble.
The game really came to life in the second half when both teams made a number of scoring chances. The first fell to Hawick after their No 11 broke through to go one on one with Lugget but big Jas pulled off a tremendous double save to keep the score level.
G Patterson played P Blacklock in but the keeper closed him down quickly to make the save.
The roles were reversed five minutes later when Patterson should have done better in the same position but missed the target. Then M Tweedie sent in a cross to the far post to find L Campbell in acres of space but he sent his shot wide.
The Colts did eventually get the goal their play deserved when a fine move from Tweedie and C Donaldson set up J Mitchell to score on his debut.
Once again Lugget produced another outstanding save at the foot of his left-hand post to deny the Hawick striker.
The game was finally won in the last minute when the lively Campbell pounced on a mistake from the Hawick keeper to roll the ball into the empty net.