Local side Civil Service Strollers crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the weekend going down 6-2 against Hawick Royal Albert.
The home side were never really troubled during the first round replay match at Albert Park, Hawick.
Hawick looked like they had the game sewn up within the first twenty minutes and were firmly in the driving seat and two goals to the good.
Jordan Finnie was doing his utmost to find a route back into the tie for Civil and did well to set up strike partner Steven Froude, who should have at least got his shot on target after finding space inside the home side’s penalty box.
Moments later Hawick went three-up, before going getting another before the interval.
Civil’s Stephen Froude passed up a gilt-edged chance six minutes after the restart when he somehow put his shot wide from six yards with the goal gaping before Matt Cunningham’s header gave Strollers something to work with.
Froude then halved the deficit just minutes later with a stunning 30-yard strike that saw, for the first time in the match, the momentum swing in visitors’ favour.
That renewed optimism was short-lived however as Morris effectively ended Strollers’ Scottish Cup journey with a fifth for Hawick from close range before Mitchell was rewarded for his persistence when he drove across the box and sent an unstoppable swerving effort into Burnside’s top-right hand corner.
Strollers manager Alex Cunningham said “The first half really killed us. To go a goal down so early, we hadn’t even gotten out of the traps.
“That just set the tone for the game as we just never got going and didn’t defend well at all.
“The players really need to have a long hard look at themselves because they didn’t give enough.
“I don’t think there is enough passion being shown but all credit to Hawick as I thought they were really good early doors and they deserved the victory.
“It’s very difficult to take (not getting to play Berwick) as it would have been great for the club to have got there but that’s football and we don’t deserve to be there after that performance.
“I thought there was a wee chance at 4-2 as we were in the ascendancy and then we give away an absolute stupid goal with two experienced players going for the ball and neither one of them gets it. So that knocked the stuffing out of us.”