Peebles Rovers 0

Heriot-Watt Uni 2

David Knox

at Whitestone Park

FURIOUS Rovers manager Ryan Bisset believes his misfiring team threw away the points on Saturday.

Despite dominating the opening half of this East Conference A fixture Peebles couldn't find the net.

And they were made to pay as the students of Heriot-Watt took advantage of second half defensive mistakes.

Bisset told us: "It's all very well creating chances but you still need to put the ball in the net and we didn't have anyone who could do that today.

"It's becoming a bit of a recurring story for us.

"I thought we were by far the better team up to half time but thing started to go wrong in the second half and there was little we could do.

"That was a game we could and should have won."

Only a last-gasp tackle from Harry Barclay prevented Scott Mitchell striking for Peebles in the sixth minute.

A strong swirling wind made it difficult for both teams, but it was the Rovers, with the impressive Gregor Lamb pulling the strings, who adapted best to the conditions.

David Lindsay's angled effort in the 20th minute was well saved by Alex McMahon at his near post, and the rebounded effort from Lindsay was headed off the line by Aidan Quinn.

Apart from clearing a couple of corners home keeper Tom Kerr had little to do during the opening half.

A darting run from Lindsay allowed him to square for the unmarked Robbie Renwick just after the half hour, but the striker scuffed his shot wide.

Renwick connected better in the 43rd minute with an edge-of-the-area effort but keeper McMahon got down well to push the ball round the post.

Bisset had already been forced into a change due to an injury for Jamie Mackay, and another substitution was required at the interval when Renwick became unwell.

Whether the substitutions had an effect remains unclear, but after the break Peebles struggled to have the midfield fluency they enjoyed in the first half.

And when Heriot-Watt counter attacked in the 52nd minute Justin Hogg managed to slide a low shot into the far bottom corner for the opener.

Rovers failed to respond, and a second goal followed in the 68th minute as Quinn managed to head home from six yards during a corner.

Worse was to follow for Peebles as Lindsay was not only denied a penalty after being clipped inside the Heriot-Watt area, but he was yellow carded for allegedly diving.

And barely 30 seconds later he was shown a second yellow for continued protests.

Peebles Rovers. T Kerr, J Mackay (J Dodds 42), A Matthews (J McKinlay 71), C Smith, A Cussiter, G Lamb, C Sclater, S Mitchell, R Renwick (R Lamb 46), D Lindsay & C Crawford.