Colts enjoy Royal occasion as they progress in cup

Mark Batchelor celebrates after scoring Cumbernauld Colts' second at Hawick (pic by Alex Miller)
Mark Batchelor celebrates after scoring Cumbernauld Colts' second at Hawick (pic by Alex Miller)

Cumbernauld Colts are through to the third round of the South of Scotland Challenge Cup after a 3-1 win at Hawick Royal Albert on Saturday.

The first meeting between the two sides proved to be an exciting match.

Both teams battled hard in the opening period of the game and there were chances at either end but a combination of good goalkeeping and heroic defending meant that the scores remained level.

The first goal of the game came just before the half hour mark. An inswinging corner from Colts left-back Lee Foggin was miskicked and as the ball trickled towards the Hawick goal, Owen Ronald got the slightest of touches on the ball to put Colts 1-0 ahead.

As the second half beckoned Colts made the first change of the game with Craig Murray replacing Jordan Pirrie who was carrying a knock from the first half.

It was the home side who started the second half the brightest and if not for Colts keeper Ciaran Brady making a good save to his top right corner, they could have levelled the score line.

The visitors were 2-0 up midway through the second half. Following a series of corners, Jamie Broadfoot whipped the ball into the box and it was right-back Mark Batchelor who rose the tallest in the box to nod the ball in to extend Colts’ lead.

The goal however did not phase the home side who continued to fight in order to get themselves back in the game but Brady in the Colts goal was proving difficult to beat.

They eventually found their goal with 15 minutes left on the clock as the ball broke to the Hawick striker in the box he was able to blast the ball home to get his side back in the game.

As the game was drawing to a close the home supporters were getting behind their team in search for an equaliser.

But they were to be denied as a defensive mix up at the back allowed Colts’ Johnny Black to capitalise and put Colts 3-1 ahead which was enough to see the Cumbernauld side through to the next round.