The South Cup
St Boswells 1-2 Langholm Legion FC
A Little (28′)
L Irving (70′)
By Martin Thomlinson
THE Legion made the trip to St Boswells to tackle the Division C side in the first round of the South Cup on Saturday and were certainly given a very good run for their money.
The visitors edged their way through to the next round after a lacklustre start.
With Craig Cuthbert and Callum Ireland missing from last week’s win against Ancrum, Andrew Paisley was brought into the side for his first start of the season along with Brian Mattinson returning from a two-match suspension.
The home side took the lead midway through the first half with a well struck penalty from Shepherd after Iain Little rashly fouled his opponent in the box.
This stirred a bit of a reaction from the away side and ten minutes later Alistair Little equalised with a lovely solo effort right through the middle of the pitch with a finish not too dissimilar to his goal the week previous.
The rest of the half was played out in much the same fashion with a lack of composure on the final ball and a fight to win the first and second ball clear to see.
A change of formation was made at half time in an effort to bring more energy and width to the team but it was the home side who made the brighter start with Derek Johnson doing well to block an early St Boswells shot.
The Legion got their noses in front with twenty minutes left when Lee Irving got on the end of a Mattinson free kick to head home. It was a fully deserved goal for the captain after another all-action performance that dragged his side through.
A few more chances from corners were squandered as the away side finally took the ascendency before seeing out the match and easing through.
A huge relief to avoid an upset and while nowhere near their best, the Legion managed to find a way past their plucky opponents. Lessons should be learnt that matches are always won on the pitch and not by comparing league tables or placings.
The second round is a welcome home draw, again against Division C opposition, Tweeddale Rovers Colts on 20 November.
With no match this coming weekend, the next match will be a trip to Innerleithen to face Division B side Leithen Rovers in the first round of the Waddell Cup on 30 October.