Chirnside United 3-3 Leithen Rovers


Chirnside hosted Leithen Rovers on Saturday in one of only three Border Amateur League fixtures that survived the weather.

This was a game that both teams dare not lose if they were still to harbour ambitions of the league title.

It was the visitors who appeared to adapt to the wet conditions better and they took the lead after only ten minutes. A corner was only cleared to the edge of the box and Thomson’s first time shot took two deflections before eventually hitting the back of the net.

As the half wore on Chirnside came more into the game but found the Rovers defence hard to break down and the half ended with the visitors holding on to their one goal advantage.

United equalised when Condy fired in a cross and Kelly slid in at the back post to meet it. It was a goal well deserved for the player who had not played in over three months.

Leithern regained the lead when Todd did well to block an initial shot from Steele but McMath was quickest to react.

Going into the final quarter of the game Chirnside equalised for the second time when Windram shot through the keeper’s legs from close range. Five minutes later Rovers took the lead again when a cross from the left was met by Fleming and his flick nestled into the top corner of the net.

Chirnside refused to lie down and they once again got back in the game this time through Christie, who bulleted a header home from an Armstrong cross.

Kelly was then sent off for a second bookable offence.