Newtown 2-0 Chirnside Utd

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Chirnside were dumped out the Beveridge Cup in a lacklustre performance.

The match was switched to St Boswells due to the King George V park being unplayable.

Chirnside were down to the bare bones with only 11 players available, and defender Duncan Morrison was stand in manager for the day.

Newtown kicked off playing up the hill and had the first chance of the game, but Leitch’s shot was well blocked by Christie. They then had another chance from a corner, but Richardson’s header went just over the bar.

Up the other end, the Newtown keeper did well to block a shot from Kevin Strachan, and Adam Turner was unlucky to see his shot on the turn go over the bar.

Into the second half and it was again the home team who started the brighter of the two. The deadline was broken ten minutes in when a slack pass in the midfield was picked up by Swan and his deflected shot lobbed over the top of Martin Todd into the back of the net to give Newtown the lead.

Despite going a goal down Chirnside never really looked that likely to get back into the game with the heavy pitch appearing to take its toll on the players.

Robbie Armstrong had one of the rare opportunities when he was put through by Blaikie but his shot went straight at the keeper.

Newtown added No 2 with 20 minutes to go when Broom headed home unmarked in the box after a cross from the right.

Chirnside pushed Kelly up front in the hope of pulling one back, but the Newtown defence held firm.

Armstrong had the last chance of the game for the visitors, but his volley from a tight angle went just wide of the target.