Amateurs beaten in season's opener

Tweedmouth Amateurs opened up their Border Amateur League Division A campaign with the long trip to Peebles only to return empty handed.

Tuesday, 16th August 2016, 9:51 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 3:20 pm

They opened the scoring on ten minutes when Robertson had a shot parried by the keeper and debutant Hainsworth was first to react to score.

The next ten minutes saw a sustained period of possession for Tweeddale Rovers have without ever threatening.

Then a long ball split the central defenders and in his attempt to make up ground Phillips pulled back the centre forward, who tucked away the resultant penalty.

Amateurs almost took the lead early in the second half. A long range effort from Nicky Clark bounced in front of the keeper, who did well to push the shot onto the post.

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Stobbart then kept them level with a fine save from an in-direct free kick from inside the box.

The home team did eventually take the lead when Sharp lost possession and a cross from the right was met with a powerful header.

A change of formation saw Matty Tait moved into the striker role and this almost paid immediate dividends, but his shot was blocked. But he did level the match moments later, getting on the end of a knock down from Wright.

But again the home team regained the lead 12 minutes from time.

Tweedmouth were then forced to play the last ten minutes with only ten men having used their only available substitute, when Nicky Clark was forced off with injury.

Amateurs committed more men forward in an attempt to take a late point from the game and Matty Clark hit the bar with a cross which almost deceived the home keeper.

Their fate was sealed, however, in the final minute as Sharp, trying to see the ball out of play, was robbed and the ball was cut back and stroked home to make it 4-2 to Tweeddale Rovers.

Tweedmouth Amateurs thanked Limitless Studio Cycling and The Brewers Arms for sponsorship towards travelling costs.