the Scottish Cup LandscapeHuntly progressed to the second round of the Scottish Cup after seeing off Hawick Royal Albert six years to the day since their last meeting at Albert Park.

Despite performances dropping in the second half, Manager Gregg Carrol was pleased to progress to the second round.

He said: “The object of the game was to get through to the second round of the Scottish Cup and Hawick is a tough place to go after a long journey. We got a good start with Gary McNamee’s volley and went on to score a second but to be honest we should’ve had more in the first half but we tended to overwork the ball when he had the chance to get a shot in and finish it off.

The second half performance wasn’t great but we didn’t concede any goals, they didn’t have a lot to trouble us and anything they did we dealt with. They had a spell of about fifteen minutes in the second half where they pegged us back

I’ve got to say when David Booth gets a chance he’ll take it with two good finishes, he could’ve had more but to be fair he’s just coming back off an injury but if players is still producing goals having not played much I’ll take that.”

As Huntly secured their first away win since mid-March, Goalkeeper Fraser Hobday was given praise by his Manager after keeping a clean sheet on his 20th birthday.

“It was good to get an away win especially in the Scottish Cup, I’m please for Fraser, he’s a good goalkeeper and he’s grown in stature with good hands and has put in the work this season and that’s down to having a second keeper like big Andy (Pennycook) who is coming on as well. We’ve competition for places there and we need to do is get that all over the park so if the players drop a standard they don’t get away from it.”

Having changed his defence, Carrol admitted the move to take out regular starter Gary Davidson was a tough one to make pre-match.

“I felt sorry for Gary Davidson because he’s done nothing wrong, he’s been a steady defender this season but we knew they had a big lad   playing up front and needed a bit of height across our backline and sometimes as a manager you have an inkling when you have to take a chance and that was my decision not Steven Dolan or Mark Gray’s and it’s worked with bringing in Mark Lawson alongside Michael Clark and that’s helped us deal with the threat of their big forward and limited their chances.”

Hawick Royal Albert Manager Dean Shanks admitted it was a game of two halves for his side.

He said: “The first half killed us, credit to Huntly they were clinical when they got their opportunities and showed why they’re experienced in the cup competition. We came back into it in the second half and had to change things about losing our goalkeeper Kyle Rankin and had some chances when chasing the game into the second half

 

 

Hawick Royal Albert Manager Dean Shanks admitted it was a game of two halves for his side.

He said: “The first half killed us, credit to Huntly they were clinical when they got their opportunities and showed why they’re experienced in the cup competition. We came back into it in the second half and had to change things about losing our goalkeeper Kyle Rankin and had some chances when chasing the game into the second half