GREENLAW travelled to take on Langholm for the second successive week, hoping to repeat the win they recorded at home, but Legion were out for revenge and took all three points this time round.
Conditions were testing for both teams, with the ground boggy underfoot, and the game started pretty evenly.
Greenlaw started to get on top and William Smillie could have given them the lead when he went clean through on goals and drew the keeper, but his shot went inches past the post.
Minutes later Ross Millie went close with a long range shot that beat the keeper but was just wide of the target.
At the other end the Greenlaw keeper was not troubled at all, until the home side broke down the left on the half hour mark and the winger hit a low shot that beat the keeper at the near post, against the run of play.
Greenlaw continued to press and Adam Smith went close with a shot that went inches past the post.
The second half was one way traffic, with Greenlaw pinning Langholm into their own half as they searched for the equaliser.
New manager Laurie Dunn went close for the Berwickshire side with a header, before being wiped out in the box a minute later for a stone wall penalty - but no spot kick was given.
To compound the visitors misery, the home side took the ball straight up the park and were themselves awarded a penalty to double their lead.
Smillie and Smith continued to put the Langholm defence under pressure, and Greenlaw eventually pulled a goal back with five minutes to go, when Jake Galbraith picked up the ball in the middle of the park, and went on a tremendous run before hitting a shot from the edge of the 18 yard box, which clipped a Langholm player’s heals on the way into the goal.
Langholm packed their box for the remainder of the game, and despite a number of efforts, Greenlaw couldn’t force a second goal.
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IT wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that this game was decided and it took a wonder goal from Junior and a wonder save from Lugget in the Colts’ goal to make sure that the Colts left with all three points in this very evenly matched game.
Right from the first whistle this game flowed from end to end with Lauder relying on the long ball tactics to get forward with the Colts playing the better football to advance their game forward.
With Stanton and Johnstone at the heart of the Colts’ defence nullifying the two front runners of Lauder and on the odd occasion they did break through they found keeper Lugget on top form.
The first scoring chance for the Colts came from a Blaikie cross to the back post where Lackenby got his head to it but was always just too high for him and it went over the bar with Tweedie being better placed behind him to take on the header but lack of communication cost him his chance. A free kick from Lawson hit the bar and there were no takers from the rebound which bounced invitingly back into the six yard box.
Lauder had the chance to take the lead from another long ball which breached the Colts’ defence but keeper Lugget despite his size showed a good turn of pace to beat the Lauder striker to the ball and avert the danger.
Patterson should have put the Colts in front just before half time when he hit the bar from a yard out when he got his toe to a loose ball but was falling backwards at the time.
The second half continued in the same vein with both defences on top and neither Keeper having a lot to do. This should have all changed when an inch perfect pass from Wood found Blacklock all on his own 10 yards from goal but what happened after that only he will know as he completely missed the target while he claimed none of his team mates told him he had time on the ball but with none of his team mates within 30 yards of him he wouldn’t have heard them anyway.
The turning point of the game came with 15 minutes to go when Lackenby chased down a ball which was going out for a goal kick and back heeled it to Junior who somehow managed to curl his shot past the Lauder Keeper from 18 yards out and a very acute angle.
With five minutes left Lauder were awarded a free kick out on the left which was swung over the back of the Colts’ defence to their number six to rifle a shot at goal from eight yards but Lugget pulled off a fantastic save to make sure the Colts left with all three points.
AS in the previous week Tweedmouth Amateur Colts were unable to convert chances but this time it was down to bad luck and a few good saves from the Gordon goalkeeper.
Tweedmouth, as usual, started brightly playing some very attractive football and Jordan Clark went close and made the keeper pull off a good save.
A failure to clear their lines saw Tweedmouth punished as Gordon raced to a two goal advantage and they added a fine third goal just before the break.
Tweedmouth were given a glimmer of hope when Purves scored with tap in but it was too little too late.