A reshuffled Duns side returned to their winning ways with a fine victory over Heriot Watt University at New Hawthorn Park on Wednesday night.
Experienced players Gary Renton and James Brydon both returned to the side and there appeared to be a more settled disposition to the home side.
The game started fairly evenly with end to end play the early order of the day. Duns midfielder George Windram shot high over the bar after 10 minutes while at the other end Gary Renton attempted a challenge but unfortunately gave away a free kick which the Watt player put narrowly wide of Smiths right hand post.
Duns opened the scoring after 22 minutes. An accurate pass from the very lively Daniel Pattenden was picked up by Jordan Lauder about 15 yards out and he coolly controlled the ball before shooting low last the keeper’s left.
As the interval approached the students went up a gear and had their best spell of the half, however, the half time score remained 1-0 to the Dingers.
With only four second half minutes on the clock the visiting centre forward had a good left foot shot at goal which was well saved by Smith.
However, just a minute later Duns doubled their lead. After a lovely passing move Luke Strangeways shot beyond the keeper from waist height.
Three minutes later Daniel Pattenden, who was having a very lively game, bore down into the visiting box from the right hand side only to be brought down by the Students’ centre half and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty which was duly converted by top scorer Jordan Lauder.
Ex-Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little, now in charge at Riccarton, strived to get his side back into the game and made a couple of changes.
Duns withdrew Jordan Lauder, who had certainly made his contribution, with another two goals, bringing on Ben Bouchier, but a clean sheet was to elude Duns as the Students mounted a sustained attack putting balls back and forward across the home side’s box and with the home defence being unable to clear the ball the lively Watt forwards got their reward with what was only to be a consolation goal back.
This was a well earned win for Duns, certainly overdue given recent performances, and only just reward for the players who have all collectively put in a really hard shift over the last half dozen games.
Duns: Smith, J. Ainslie, Renton, Windram, Walker, Robertson, J. Brydon, Strangeways, Wemyss, Lauder (Bouchier) and Pattenden.