Weakened Duns lose narrowly to champions

A weakened Duns team went down 2-1 to First Division champions Heriot-Watt University, but Eyemouth United finished off with a 3-2 win over Kelso United at Warner Park in their final home match of the season in the East of Scotland League. Coldstream were hammered for the second week in a row, losing 6-0 at Gala Fairydean.

With so many players missing, Duns manager Neil Oliver had to play himself against Heriot-Watt at Berwickshire High School. Duns held their own, but defensive errors proved costly.

With 20 minutes played, Heriot-Watt’s Michael Webster chipped over the head of Duns goalkeeper Scott Lumsden to open the scoring.

Twelve minutes after half-time, Duns overplayed it again in defence and Chris Donnelly nipped in. Lumsden made a splendid save from his chip, but the ball fell for Donnelly to slot home the rebound from a tight angle.

As the visitors pushed forward with the strong wind behind them, Ronnie Napier’s long-range effort hit the post. But with six minutes left, Dougie Brydon pulled one back for Duns, heading a corner home down into the corner of the net.

Steve Shennan, Josh Hebdon and Johnny Simpson were on target for Eyemouth in their 3-2 win over Kelso United. The victory keeps them in fourth place, one point behind Gala Fairydean in third and eight points clear of Coldstream in fifth.

The Streamers crashed to another heavy defeat, this time losing 6-0 to Gala at Netherdale. Scott Nightingale scored a double for the home side, who were three up at the break. A Nightingale drive and headers from Grant Gass and Jack Hay put Fairydean in command.

Nightingale found the far corner of the net midway through the second half before Paul Young slotted home Gala’s fifth. The scoring was completed from another corner headed in by Gary Lothian.