Date : 11th February 2023
Opposition : Hawick Royal Albert
Venue : Home
Scorers : Regan Graham, Own Goal
Booked : Craig Bell, Kieran Cromarty, Craig Heath, Regan Graham, Rhys Bloomfield, Joao Vieira
Sent Off : None
Attendance : 66
Team Lineup :
Joao Vieira on for Kieran Cromarty 45 mins
Craig Bell on for Rhys Bloomfield 74 mins
Jack Forster on for Melvin Sebastian 45 mins
Adam Deans on for Joao Vieira 80 mins
Match Report :
Tweedmouth moved on to the 30 points mark in the East of Scotland Second Division with this first League double of the season. They made a promising start with an early goal but, after Hawick levelled from the penalty spot, found the remainder of the opening half an uphill struggle both literally and metaphorically.
The opening goal came in the 7th minute after Tweedmouth worked the ball up the right. Close to the bye line, Rhys Bloomfield then played it back to Regan Graham to sweep it into the net.
Bloomfield was in a good position to add a second, just failing to reach Drew Cummings’ lob over Hawick heads. When Rangers gave away possession well inside their own half, Darren Milne fired just over the bar before Owen Renton shot wide following a quickly taken free kick.
It was to be a game strewn with free kicks but it was an 18th minute penalty which made it 1-1 awarded when Cummings’ trailing leg caught Ross Stuart. Keeper Niall Frampton dived the right way and got a touch to Greg Ford’s kick but it still went in. Ford almost bagged a second goal with a powerful 30 yard free kick which struck the bar.
Past the half hour, Craig Colquhoun opened up the away defence but with the goal at his mercy, Cummings was ruled offside. A similar fate befell Graham late in the game as Rangers looked to consolidate their lead with a third goal.
Beginning with Jack Forster’s immediate involvement, Tweedmouth went on to dominate the second half leaving Frampton a virtual spectator for most of it. Yet another goal was proving elusive. Meanwhile, the bookings were mounting with a final tally of ten including one for Albert head coach Kenny Aitchison for loudly venting his frustration when the ref ruled out a free kick for a perceived home indiscretion.
Michael Robinson had done well in first half aerial combat but his bonce let him down when he sent a precise Colquhoun cross sideways rather than into the net. It was left to a 70th minute Graham corner to break the deadlock, the last of three inside a minute. This one carried enough menace inside a jam packed penalty area to cause Milne to knock it into his own goal.
Bloomfield hit the metalwork and Hawick keeper Jordan Richardson belly flopped to punch clear a low drive from Craig Bell. By this stage, the hosts had lost unlucky half time sub Joao Vieira with knee problems. Adam Deans took over helping Tweedmouth keep Hawick inside their own half for most of the remaining minutes.