CLUBS across the Borders paid tribute to Hawick Waverley founder Brian Hope who passed away last weekend.

Waverley’s game with Jed Legion was called off as a mark of respect, with a club spokesman adding: “Brian has been at the club since its inception and his passion and drive pushed Hawick Waverley FC to become a well-established Border Amateur team.

“Brian’s family has always had close links to the club with son Mick the current manager and his three grandsons all playing regularly for the team.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone at the club and local football.”

On the pitch, Chirnside United needed another late winner to keep them clear at the top of Division A.

United went behind to a Grant Gass goal but Dan Romaines equalised with 20 minutes left before Daniel Pattenden secured the three points just five minutes from time.

West Barns Star thumped Greenlaw 5-1 to lead the chasing pack, while Grant Wilson grabbed a point for Tweeddale Rovers in a 1-1 draw with Langholm Legion, whose goal came from Brian Mattinson.

Newtown and Hawick United shared four goals in a 2-2 draw at King George V Park in Division B.

With both teams chasing the title, Kevin Strathdee gave United the lead before Darren Blacklock and Andrew Crawford put Newtown ahead, only for Danny Bolton to level the match again.

Coldstream Amateurs moved into second as a result of the draw, winning 4-0 at home to Biggar United.

Dillon Rice’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Kelso Thistle meant Leithen Rovers moved off the bottom of Division B, to be replaced by Earlston Rhymers who lost 4-3 at home to Linton Hotspur. Scorers for Rhymers were Craig Lothian and Scott Hunter, as well as an own goal.

St Boswells defeated fellow promotion chasers CFC Bowholm in Division C, while Guill McIvor scored two as Melrose won 4-3 over Ancrum despite having Luke Geirus sent off.

Hawick Legion Rovers and Kelso Amateurs also won in Division C.