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THE last time these two sides met at Duns, the Dingers ran in ten goals, but there was to be no repeat of that rout on Saturday.
The Hawick side bore no resemblance at all to the side that were hammered and they proved stubborn opposition this time around as Duns struggled to break them down with a side ravaged by injury and suspension.
The Dingers were without the injured Michael Stewart and Des Chisholm and the suspended Andy Douglas, and within 30 minutes on Saturday they lost another two players through injury.
Both teams took time to settle in the windy conditions and after 15 minutes Duns suffered a blow when James Robertson had to go off with an ankle injury. He was replaced by Sean Spoors.
Duns were first to threaten when a cross by Waugh was punched off the head of James Brydon by the Hawick keeper.
Hawick had a great chance after 28 minutes when the ball broke in a melee to the Hawick winger but he fluffled his shot from just six yards out. Two minutes later Duns lost James Brydon with a knee injury and he was replaced by Mark Weatherburn. Hawick then had a player booked for diving in the box looking for a penalty.
In the last ten minutes of the half Hawick had a real go at Duns but they defended stoutly and keeper Scott Lumsden wasn’t tested.
In the second half it took Hawick only five minutes to open the scoring. After bursting through, Paul Power attempted to round Lumsden only to be brought down in full flight. A penalty was awarded and Power netted from the spot, sending Lumsden the wrong way. This stunned Duns into action and they went close when Ryan Burns hit the side netting.
However, on the hour mark Duns did equalise. Some great work by Bruce Chisholm set up Jonny Waugh and he drilled the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Duns dominated the remainder of the game but were unable to add to their tally with the Hawick keeper making a stunning save to deny Weatherburn and a Douglas Brydon shot going just wide.
Hawick may well surprise one of two teams before the end of the season with displays like this one.
Duns: S Lumsden, G Renton, D Brydon, S McHoul, R Burns, J Robertson, G Keenan, J Brydon, G Waddell, B Chisholm, J Waugh. Subs: S Spoors, M Weatherburn, N Oliver.