Duns notch first league win of the season

Hawick Legion 0

Duns Amateurs 1

Duns returned to league action with the first of two trips to Hawick, this time to face Hawick Legion.

Both teams headed into the game looking for their first win on the season.

The first half passed without much incident and despite Duns having the bulk of the possession both teams failed to create anything worthwhile in front of goal. Duns came the closest with a Tait header that just missed the target and Hawick found the Duns back four too solid to break down.

The second half saw Hawick cone into the game more but their chances were limited to long range efforts which either missed the target or were well saved by Livingstone in the Duns goal.

Duns made changes in the second half with Robertson and Wheelans making way for Liddell and McQuarrie which helped Duns up their game.

The final change was made with Spoor replacing Matthewson and Spoor made an impact straight away with his tackling and good passes something that was missing before the change.

The game looked to be heading for a scoreless draw but five minutes from time Spoor hit a long range free kick into the bottom corner giving the Hawick keeper no chance. Whether Spoor gets to claim the goal or not is a different story with Tait claiming he got the last touch.

Duns managed to hold on to their slender lead to record their first league win of the season.

Duns play host to Pencaitland on Saturday at Gavinton, kick-off 2.30pm.

Pencaitland 4

Chirnside 1

Chirnside travelled to Pencaitland on Saturday looking for their first win of the season and despite the 4-1 scoreline they really should have taken something from the game on the chances they created.

Within the first five minutes J. Windram made a great diagonal run to latch onto a pass from C. Young. With just the keeper to beat, he got his shot away only for it to hit the side netting from a tight angle.

From Chirnside’s first corner S. Christie had a header tipped over the bar by the keeper. From the resulting corner the same player headed the ball back across goal but there were no takers to put the ball in the net.

With 20 minutes played Pencaitland took the lead when keeper J. Cowe missed his punch to clear the ball and the No.9 headed the ball into the net.

Chirnside equalised when C. Lough played a 1-2 with Keir Blaikie who slotted the ball under the advancing keeper.

With keeper Cowe pulling off two fine saves and Stobie and Ireland doing some sterling work in defence the score remained 1-1 at half time.

Pencaitland took the lead on the hour mark when a cross from the right deceived the Chirnside defence allowing the unmarked No.7 a free header at the back post.

A solo run and a great shot from A. Lauder saw the keeper tip his shot onto the post and rebound to safety and a fine move by G. Blaikie and K. Strachan, ended with Lauder chipping a ball to the back post where G. Kelly should have scored but somehow the ball ended up in the keeper’s arms.

Within a minute of that miss, Pencaitland were 3-1 up when Keeper J. Cowe and Stobie both went for the same ball and collided, leaving a free header for the Pencaitland striker.

The fourth goal came when Cowe got down well to save a shot from a right angle but unfortunately could only parry it across goal to leave a tap in for the No.9.

Chirnside Colts 2

Linton Hotspur 4

the Colts hosted Linton Hotspur on Saturday in a bottom of the table clash, the home side looking to improve on the previous week’s defeat at Coldstream.

But within three minutes of the whistle being blown they were 1-0 down. From the first corner of the game a Linton striker and Ryan Blackie met the ball at the same time and it deflected into the net.

Ten minutes later the Colts were 2-0 down, this time Blackie headed past his own keeper from 10 yards out. Chirnside settled a bit after this and started to knock the ball about. After a period of pressure Tony Gleadow turned his marker in the box and was brought down for a penalty which he got up and confidently put into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 to Linton at half time.

The second half kicked off with the Colts looking to get back on level terms, but after they forced a corner Linton broke up the park to score their third goal with the home players’ appealing for offside to no avail.

The score soon became 4-1 when poor decision making on the edge of the Colts box was duly punished. With five minutes left, a through ball was latched onto by Gleadow who scored his and his side’s second goal.