Hawick RA 4-4 Duns

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Duns were left kicking themselves when, for the second week running, they let an injury time lead slip from their grasp.

This game had everything - goals galore, swashbuckling end to end play, near misses and more than a fair share of incidents - the crowd were certainly entertained in what was a lively 90 minutes.

And at the end of it all a draw was a fitting result.

Lining up against table topping Duns, bottom dogs Hawick drew first blood by sailing into the lead in the sixth minute.

After running onto a long ball from the back Paul Brown surged forward to find the netwith an angled drive.

Within four minutes Duns drew level when striker Michael Robinsonl tucked away a Martin Tait cut back.

Hawick keeper Martin Stewart, who was making his home debut then denied the Dingersa second in pushing away a Steven Shennan shot on the volley following a Leigh Walker cross.

In the 16th minute the Albert restored their lead. Michael McKenzie sprayed a pass to the feet of Nick Ramsay and the big striker found the net with a low shot.

After Stevie McHoul had skimmed the bar with a header on meeting a James Brydon free kick, Duns equalised in the 31st minute.

Walker broke down the right and with the Hawick defence at sixes and sevens found Shennan with a cross, who carried the ball wide before firing past Stewart.

Hawick came rallying back and Duns number one Paul Tansey pulled off an excellentsave in keeping out a rasping 35 yard Chris McLeod effort.

Two minutes from the break Duns edged ahead, Shennan producing the scoring touch after Stewart had blocked a Des Chisholm shot.

Following close calls at both end following the break, Hawick got on a level pegging in the 69th minute.

A Ronald Fleming free kick was only partially cleared by the Duns rear guard.

The ball broke to Brown who rifled in his second goal of the match.

Following fine stops by the two respective keepers, Duns went ahead in the 83rd minute. Brydon floated over a corner kick and McHoul rose well at the back post to net with a header.

This could well have killed off the game but battling Albert had other ideas. In a hectic finishing period Hawick pushed forward and after Brydon had cleared a Gary Shillinglaw header off the line, notched an equaliser with a minute remaining.

Fleming whipped a cross into a crowded goalmouth and Sean Loughlin steered the ball past Tansey with his head.

Duns: Tansey, McHoul, Windram, Ainslie, Walker, Brydon, McGregor, Chisholm, Tait, Robinson, Shennan. Subs Weatherburn, Waddell, Stewart, Lauder, Wales.