Cumbernauld Colts returned to form with a resounding 7-0 victory over Hawick Royal Albert and in doing so climbed back up the Lowland League table to a respectable 4th place.
The Colts entered today’s game off the back of a poor result against Edusport Academy and were keen to make amends for the undeserved defeat.
The match started at a decent pace and it wasn’t long before the Colts showed their intent when O’Neil shot low into the Hawick keeper’s left after a cut back from Murray to score the opening goal after 8 minutes. Less than 10 minutes later they added to their lead when Stephen Kerr overlapped Craig Holmes to dink a ball to the back post for a grateful Craig Murray to head home.
Looking to put the tie to bed as quickly as possible the Colts increased their tally to 3 when O’Neil scored his second after latching on to a long ball from Wallace by nodding past the outrushing Hawick keeper and tapping home into an empty net.
Hawick responded to this early onslaught by the Colts but were unable to capitalise on chances and the half finished with the Colts 3 to the good.
The half time team talk was decidedly easier for the home side than it was for Hawick but the expected reaction from Hawick failed to materialise and it was the Colts who started the second half on the front foot with Craig Holmes scoring a fourth, with a shot from 20 yards, after some delightful play by Sheridan and O’Neil from a short corner.
The next 15 minutes or so were punctuated by a flurry of substitutions and yellow cards and one of these resulted from a foul in the box after Wallace was brought down. O’Neil however failed to convert from the spot and the score remained at 4 until the 70th minute when Sheridan scored a 5th after a flowing movement and latching onto a superb cross from Murray.
It was then the turn of Wallace to add his name to the score sheet when he nodded in at the near post after a decent corner from Craig Holmes.
The scoring wasn’t finished there however as, arguably the goal of the game, was scored by Craig Homes in the 89th minute when he slotted home receiving the ball after some tremendous intricate passing play around the Hawick box by the Colts players.
All in all a great day’s work by this young team from Cumbernauld who continue to surprise us with their attitude and ability.
A special mention to our visitors who showed some real class when they arrived with a substantial donation for the Colts’ foodbank initiative which is running over the course of this week. Very much appreciated.