LEAGUE champions Hudsons began their season with a fine 3-2 victory in their League Cup section over Black Abbot at the Public Park on Sunday.
After a scrappy opening 15 minutes, Hudsons took the lead after Mackie was brought down in the area. New signing Barry Dean stepped up and confidently fired home the opener.
Black Abbot equalised 10 minutes later, a corner finding an Abbot player unmarked at the far post to head home. Dean regained Hudsons the lead after 35 minutes with a remarkable finish. A mis-kick from the Abbot goalkeeper fell to Dean on the right, which he controlled well and dispached straight back over the goalkeeper’s head from fully 40 yards.
Fraser Smith scored early in the second half to increase Hudsons lead, controlling well and slotting into the corner of the net on his left foot.
Injuries to Valentine and Southam in the second half forced a re-shuffle from Hudsons, and they had to endure some heavy pressure from the Abbot. A second Abbot goal was inevitable and it duly came midway through the second half.
The final 10 minutes saw an enormous push from the away side, and saw them hit the post and have two attempts cleared off the line. However, thanks to Graham in goals, and the two centre-halfs Lindsay and Ferguson, Hudsons held on for a great victory.
Hudsons: Graham, Southam (Milne), Lindsay, Ferguson, Smith, Wallace (Fraser), Sellar, Valentine (Bridge), Mackie, Dean.
Hudsons next game is against the City Royal in an early season derby match on Thursday night at the Public Park.