Amateurs secure vital win in bid for honours
TWEEDMOUTH AMS 2
First-half goals from Clark and Wright, together with a solid, backs-to-the-wall second-half performance, ensured Tweedmouth came out best in this top-of-the-table clash.
Tweeddale arrived with a 100 per cent record in the league this season and remain favourites to win the title, but this ended up being a big three points for the home side in their attempt to win promotion.
The game started at a fast pace, with the visitors creating the first opening. Tweedmouth hit back, and both Clark and Lauder went close to open the scoring.
The breakthrough eventually came after 15 minutes when pressure from Antcliff won possession off an opposition full-back. Lauder squared the ball across the 18-yard box to set up Clark, who curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area.
Seven minutes later, Wright doubled the advantage with a fine strike, capping off a fine spell of pressure from the home team, who were using the strong wind to their advantage.
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On the half hour mark, Lauder almost opened his account for the home team, only to be denied by a fine save, and just before half time Wright came close to a double but his header was saved, with Antcliff fizzing the rebound across the face of the goal.
Tweedmouth knew that the league leaders would be stung into action in the second half, and facing the strong wind, they were straight under pressure.
Nine minutes into the second half, Meikle halved the lead, shooting through a sea of bodies from an acute angle.
For long periods of the second half, the visitors dominated possession and territory, without unduly testing home keeper Cain.
This was a hard-working performance from Tweedmouth, particularly in defence, which ensured their long-running unbeaten home record in the league remains intact.
The match was sponsored by Wot a Clip, Deborah the Domestic and Charlie’s Nightclub.