Duns gained some measure of revenge at New Hawthorn Park on Saturday as they ran out winners in a nine goal thriller to edge past Heriot Watt University in the Alex Jack Cup. 5
Victory means the Dingers can now look forward to a mouth watering semi-final clash with Berwickshire neighbours Eyemouth United.
After losing to Heriot Watt 3-2 in the league the previous week with a depleted side, Duns manager Hudson had the comparative luxury of having three men on the bench for Saturday’s cup tie, a fact he later said made a huge difference to him as he was able to make adjustments to influence the game in the manner he required.
It was a spirited performance by Duns who fought back from being 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 down before Jordan Lauder saw his penalty superbly saved with the score at 4-4. However, the big striker made amends with a superb headed winner just four minutes from time.
Heriot Watt, under former Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little, started well and opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Ten minutes later they increased their lead to 2-0 with another well taken goal. Only some excellent saves by keeper Sean Robertson prevented the Students from going even further ahead.
Duns weathered the storm and both Luke Strangeways and Daniel Pattenden started to run at the Heriot Watt defence. Pattenden’s hard work eventually paid off when he slid the ball in at the far post just before the interval.
In the second half the Students increased their lead but Duns hit back almost immediately with Jordan Lauder scoring his first of the match.
Stevie McHoul then bundled a free kick over the line from close range to make it 3-3 but Heriot Watt looked to have secured victory when they made it 4-3 with a cracking volley from Neil Laurenson.
Michael Robinson signalled his return to fitness with a deserved equaliser and Duns should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty after Robinson was brought down in the box. However, Jordan Lauder’s penalty was superbly saved by the Heriot Watt keeper Craig Saunders.
But Lauder saved the best till last when he netted a great header from 12 yards to send Duns through to the semi-final.
Duns: Robertson, Lee, McHoul, Windram, Beasley, Strangeways (Robinson), Devaney (Ainslie), Bullen, Paulinio (Waddell), Lauder, Pattenden.