Depleted Dingers deserved share of the spoils

Duns keeper Paul Tansey tips a Heriot Watt effort ofver the bar.
Duns keeper Paul Tansey tips a Heriot Watt effort ofver the bar.

Heriot Watt University 3

Duns 2

The Duns line up was once again hugely changed for Saturday’s match against Heriot Watt due to absences for numerous reasons.

Portugese player Rui Paulino, made his full debut, the first ever player from that nation to do so, and his cross from the left after jusy eight minutes was headed home by big Sean Robertson.

With half an hour played the Students bagged the equaliser in what looked like an offside situation an opinion not shared by referee MacCauley. This was really unfortunate as up till then the Dingers had acquitted themselves reasonably well.

Junior Pattenden tried an audacious attempt with a long range shot which the home keeper dealt with. On the 24th minute the home side’s No 7 managed to head over Paul Tansey’s bar with the goal at his mercy.

Four minutes later manager Hudson withdrew goalscorer Robertson replacing him with Gary Waddell.

On the 64th minute Strangeways dithered over the ball in the area and unfortunately the Watt forward and he netted from 12 yards.

With time running out Duns were again on the attack with Strangeways aiming a not too convincing header goalward. Play was stopped by the referee for what everyone thought was a penalty but he had given Strangeways his goal.

With six minutes remaining Heriot Watt were awarded a free kick just outside the Duns area was swung over ands rammed home to give the Students victory.

Duns: Tansey, Beasley, Walker, Stewart, Lauder, Lee, Robertson (Waddell), Bullen, Paulino (Douglas), Pattenden, Strangeways. Sub - Devaney.