Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Borders Give Their Fans Something to Cheer About

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Borders Give Their Fans Something to Cheer About

Article excerpt

After a testing year, Borders said farewell to 2004 in fine fashion with a battling victory over their illustrious city neighbours Edinburgh at Netherdale yesterday.

The win was only the second in the Celtic League for Steve Bates and gives his side a fighting chance of climbing away from the base of the table in the New Year.

"We raised our game in the second half, and we deserved to win this match," said Bates as Borders head into a crucial home double header in late January.

"There was good crowd down here and hopefully our performance will encourage many to come back."

Referee Rob Dickson had to speak to Craig Smith and Paul Thomson as the front rows grappled for early supremacy. Borders had the best of the opening possession with Chris Cusiter exploiting gaps in the visiting defence, but without reward.

It was against the run of play when Brendan Laney landed a penalty with a quarter of the game gone. Borders responded to take a deserved lead with Charlie Hore finding the target twice in succession. …

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