A look at the games involving local sides in the Border Amateur League.
DUNS RESERVES 2
Gordon won through to the second round of the Waddell Cup with a win over Berwickshire rivals Duns Reserves.
But this was a poor performance by both sides who failed to contend with the bumpy pitch and a strong cross-wind.
In the early stages Duns were on top. Gordon managed to get the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for offside. Against the run of play the visitors took the lead, however, when Porter beat two down the left and cut back to the edge of the box where Utterson netted with a half volley.
Duns deservedly equalised on the counter attack which ended with a cross from their right and a bullet header, which made it 1-1 at the break
Gordon started well after the break, but again Duns got on top and they took the lead when a loose ball at the edge of the box was well volleyed into the bottom corner.
To their credit Gordon responded well to going behind and they drew level from the penalty spot after Tait was felled in the box.
Within a minute the home side were ahead.a flowing move involving four players ending with Utterson finishing into the bottom corner.
Duns then had a man sent off and Gordon got their fourth goal with five minutes to go when they were awarded another penalty, which was converted.
CHIRNSIDE UNITED 0
WEST BARNS 5
On paper this gamed looked as it was, a one sided affair but the final scoreline was far from how the game went with Chirnside creating as many goal scoring chances as West Barns but on the day the visitors took their chances by being more clinical in front of goal.
The first 15 minutes were fairly even with both sides having chances to open the scoring. The first of these chances fell to Adam Smith who didn’t connect properly with the ball from 12 yards and making an easy safe for the West Barns Keeper.
Joe Condy and Connor Lough both went close with Lough also hitting the post but it was West Barns who opened the scoring on 20 minutes when their striker outpaced Stevie Christie on the left to get his shot away which turned out to be a perfect cross and landed at the feet of his strike partner at the back post to slide the ball into the net.
Connor Lough brought out a good save from the keeper which would have equalised but within a minute West Barns scored their second after their number 11 out jumped Jamie Stobie to a header and proceeded to turn Duncan Morrison in the box to get a cross in which was well headed by the West Barns striker to score.
Five minutes before half time West Barns got their third from a shot from 18 yards which went through a ruck of players and ended up in the net. Just before half time Mark Bolton had his free kick well saved by the Keeper to keep the score at 3-0 at half time.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Chirnside just edging it on chances created but failing to make the West Barns keeper make any significant saves, with Lough Condy and Mikey Patterson all going close. West Barns added two more goals late in the game to take their tally to five, which was harsh on Chirnside.
PEEBLES AMS 2
TWEEDMOUTH AMS 3
Tweedmouth travelled to Peebles on Saturday in what was arguably their toughest test in the league yet.
Other teams who are challenging near the top of the table have already dropped points there this season and Tweedmouth were determined not to go the same way.
Tweedmouth started the brighter of the two sides and immediately put the home team’s back four under pressure and they opened the scoring on the five minute mark following an intelligent free kick taken by Phillips.
There was a mix up in the home penalty box resulting in the home defender putting the ball into his own net.
Tweedmouth continued to press forward and Matty Clark made it two, after he found himself on the end of a fine cross from Nicky Clark.
Sean Dixon then added a third, and his first for the club, giving the visitors a clear lead after less than half an hour being played.
Into the second half and it was the home side who had the fbetter of it, with the visitors not having any real tempo or urgency in their play.
It was no surprise Peebles scored ten minutes after the break to get them back into the match.
The home side battled more than their opponents’ and they got their just desserts adding a second with only ten minutes remaining. However, Tweedmouth held on to take the vital three points home.
Tweedmouth take a break from league action this week, and travel to Biggar in the Sanderson Cup.
Match sponsored by Direct-Pets and Cybex Intl.
COLDSTREAM AMS 6
GALA HOTSPUR 0
All in all it was a rather comfortable victory for Coldstream over a youthful Hotspur outfit at Home Park on Saturday.
An icy cold wind meant conditions were not ideal and although Gala had a few spells of pressure, the Amateurs were pretty dominant and set pieces in particular were of constant menace to the visitors’ defence.
For the first time in a while the management had a full compliment to choose from, but quite rightly the winning 11 from the previous week all started.
The first half mustered a solitary goal after a wicked Baillie free kick was nodded in by the alert Benzies.
The second half saw Coldstream up the pace and they plundered a further five goals with Benzie’s causing mayhem whenever he took a corner.
Waugh was first to notch from one such corner after nodding in from a yard.
Waugh added his second after smart play from Ford and Benzies and the former finished with aplomb.
A further two goals resulted from Benzies’ corners. Gareth Ford nodded home from a yard then even more surprisingly Guthrie scored with a thunderbolt from close in which gave the keeper no chance.
The pick of the goals and Waugh’s hat-trick saw the again camee from the corner flag after rounding the keeper.
This win gives the Amateurs an outside chance of promotion.
With six games left and four of these being against their main rivals, they have put themselves in the picture..