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Brown and McMath shine as Rovers make it 3 in a row

Peebles Rovers 3 Arniston Rangers 0

Peebles Rovers continued their recent run of form with an emphatic win at home to Arniston Rangers. Only a month ago, Rovers found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline in Gorebridge and in truth they should really have more than reversed the result on Saturday.

The home side started on the front foot although it took almost quarter of an hour to really trouble the Arniston goal when a David Lindsay free kick was turned round the near post by the ‘keeper. From the resultant corner, Gregor Lamb’s effort was cleared off the line and as he followed up he was bundled over for what looked like a certain penalty. The referee took a different view however and Lamb was bizarrely yellow carded for diving.

Five minutes later, a well-placed Grant Wilson free kick was heading for the bottom corner but was deflected over the bar by Lindsay from close range. In a rare attack, Arniston went straight up the other end and almost punished Rovers but the back post header from a fine cross was misplaced. Just before the half-hour mark, Lindsay had another effort well saved after a lovely through ball from James Dodds. As half time approached, Lamb skipped through a couple of challenges on the edge of the area but his shot went narrowly past the post.

Rovers were straight back on the attack in the second half and had another penalty claim waived aside as Lamb was once again upended in the area. The pressure finally paid off on 59 minutes though after Wilson found Mikey McEwan in space and his cross broke to Lindsay who made no mistake from close range.

For ten minutes after the goal, Rovers seemed to get a little nervy but there was little threat from Arniston and it came as no surprise when the home side doubled their lead. Ben Brown, who along with Alan McMath was rock solid in defence all day, broke forward and played in Wilson who drove into the box and his cut back was turned into his own net by a desperate defender.

Cameron Sclater could have extended the lead with just over ten minutes to play but the ‘keeper was quick off his line to turn the shot away. There was a final throw of the dice from Arniston as they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area but the effort was parried away to safety by Tom Kerr. On 88 minutes, Rovers completed the scoring when Wilson again turned provider and Lindsay doubled his tally with a cool finish.

Rovers Revenge – Peebles Rovers 2 Dunipace 1

Peebles Rovers and Dunipace locked horns in cup action for the second time in a fortnight but this time the home side came out on top as two late goals saw them through to the third round of the South Region Challenge Cup.

It was a bright start from Rovers who could have been two goals up inside the first 10 minutes. First, David Lindsay played a neat 1-2 with Ross Lamb but his shot was well saved by Allan. Lamb was supplier again shortly afterwards as his curling free kick found Mikey McEwan unmarked, but he couldn’t quite connect with his header from 6 yards.

Dunipace settled after those early scares but although their passing and movement caused problems, just like the previous meeting they struggled with their final ball. Ben Brown and Alan McMath were solid as a central defensive partnership and Jon Davidson again looked composed sitting in front of the back four. That forced Dunipace to try their luck from long range and on the couple of occasions they did find a way through, they found Tom Kerr in the Rovers goal equal to the task.

Rovers did manage a break away midway through the half as McEwan laid the ball off to Gregor Lamb who cut inside his marker but his curling effort from 25 yards came crashing off the bar. Shortly after, Dunipace punished the home side for their one piece of slack defending of the afternoon. After failing to close down the danger inside the penalty area, Dryden’s low shot from 14 yards put the visitors ahead.

Second half chances were again few and far between but Dunipace almost doubled their lead five minutes after the break when Moulangou rounded the advancing Kerr but a fantastic last gasp block from McMath prevented a goal. Rovers closing down was better after the break with Cammy Sclater, Ross Lamb and Davidson all putting in a hard shift while Gregor Lamb and David Lindsay in the wider roles worked hard to stifle Dunipace’s dangerous wingers.

Goalmouth action was even more rare in the second period although Ben Gettel was unlucky not to connect with another Lamb free kick at the back post.
As the clock ticked down, Rovers looked to be on their way out of the cup until a double substitution turned the game on its head. First, Jamie MacKay tapped in from close range with three minutes remaining after Allan in the Dunipace goal failed to deal with pressure from Sclater. As extra time loomed, MacKay turned provider as he slipped a perfectly weighted pass to Robert Sterricks who placed the ball under the advancing Kane to send the home fans wild and Rovers into the next round.

Peebles Rovers: Tom Kerr, Callum MacKenzie, Ben Brown, Alan McMath, Ben Gettel, Jon Davidson, David Lindsay, Ross Lamb, Cammy Sclater, Gregor Lamb and Mikey McEwan. Subs: Jamie MacKay, Robert Sterricks, James Dodds and Lee Zavaroni.

Peebles Rovers 3 Hawick Royal Albert 1

David Knox

at Whitestone Park

A HALF-TIME rollicking helped Peebles Rovers pick up their first three-points in the East of Scotland Conference A on Saturday.

And left Hawick Royal Albert rooted to the bottom of the new-look table.

Rovers boss Smith admitted it had taken a few raised voices at the interval to inspire his players to the much-needed win.

He said: “The guys got a rollicking at half time as I thought we were poor in the first half.

“We want to finish this season around mid-table to determine the division we play in next season and I knew we could do a lot better than we showed in the first half.

“I was pleased with the performance after half time as we showed a lot more composure on the ball and deserved the win.”

It couldn’t have started much better for the hosts as Grant Wilson produced a brilliant glancing header to steer Jamie Mackay’s angled cross into the far corner of the net.

Only some scrambled defending had prevented Peebles taking the lead before the seventh minute goal.

But Hawick responded well after going behind and Polish midfielder Miloz Pajik should have done better when unmarked at the back post than steer Josh Neil’s deep cross wide of the target.

The Albert went even closer on 17 minutes as Moudo Touray squared for Demba Thiam in front of goal but somehow Callum Mackenzie threw himself in the way of the shot to chest clear on the line.

Hawick deservedly drew level three minutes later.

Alan McMath uncharacteristically lost control at the heart of the home defence and tugged back Touray as he tried to capitalise.

Pajik brilliantly rifled the resultant 25-yard free-kick over the wall and beyond Tom Kerr.

The hosts had a great opportunity to go back in front after being awarded a penalty just after the half hour but Craig Saunders made a terrific save to deny David Lindsay.

Saunders, though, went from hero to villain in the 55th minute.

Peebles were enjoying their brightest spell when the keeper failed to hold a Robbie Renwick shot from distance allowing Ross Lamb to pounce on the loose ball and net from the angle.

Lamb was unfortunate not to score again just after the hour as his powerful shot from the edge of the area deflected inches wide.

The third goal arrived on 72 minutes with the former Gala Fairydean Rovers midfielder rifling in a powerful low freekick from out wide for Michael McEwan to convert from close range.

Apart from a Pajik shot which Kerr saved comfortably Hawick offered little threat during the second period.

And only some fine saves from Saunders prevented Wilson and McMath extending the home advantage.

The Albert’s misery was compounded in the closing stages as Scott Murphy was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on McEwan.

Peebles Rovers. T Kerr, J Mackay (J Dodds 81), C Mackenzie, A McMath, B Gettel, J Davidson, G Lamb, R Lamb (C Sclater 74), G Wilson, R Renwick & D Lindsay (M McEwan 62).

Hawick Royal Albert. C Saunders, R McRae (J McNaught 71), D Pacitti, M Pajik (N Johnson 81), S Murphy, L Knox, D Thiam, F Touray, M Touray, J Neil & L Cooper (S Odetayo 60).

Photograph by Graham Riddell Photography

Rovers 2 Penicuik Athletic 6

A GOOD CROWD FOR OUR FIRST LEAGUE GAME OF THE NEW SEASON

Rovers stormed off into a 2 goal lead with goals from Gregor Lamb and Then David Lindsay set the pace for an Entertaining 90mins at Whitestone in front of a great crowd But the visitors were on the front foot after 20 minutes and started to dominate possesion and 2 goals near the end of the half from Aaron Summerville and then Sam Jones for Penicuik ensures its all square at halftime. into the second half and Penicuik picked up from where they left off and going in front for the first time with a goal from Wayne Macintosh and then another from Macintosh ans 2 further goals from Lewis Barr and Nico Salazar finished off the game ensuring the visitors leave with all 3 points. Rovers battled and competed against a top side and the signs are encouraging for the season ahead. Man of the match sponsored by Villenuve wines peebles was selected by Penicuik was Callum Mackenzie