Accies off the foot as they shock title chasers

Try scorer:  Ruaridh Young
Try scorer: Ruaridh Young
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Edinburgh Accies coach Phil Leck is demanding more of the same from his men as they seek to add to the four valuable BT Premiership points garnered in a tight 11-8 win over title aspirants Ayr at Raeburn Place on Saturday.

Leck was delighted that his team finally moved from being nearly men to a side capable of seeing off a team that has its eye on challenging for the silverware.

“We have always been threatening against one of the top sides. We’ve got five losing bonus points and we have been close so many times,” he said. And Leck was also delighted with the emergence of young winger Callum Ramm as a potential solution to the kicking woes that have cost Accies wins on several occasions.

Despite the difficult conditions, Ramm booted two penalties and his only failure came with a long-range conversion attempt against the wind after Ruaridh Young had touched down for what proved to be the winning score

“Callum has come in and given us a kicking option. That has been a massive boost for us and will probably cement a place if he carries on playing like that,” added Leck.

The win has hoisted Accies away from the foot of the table at the expense of Capital rivals Boroughmuir with a trip to face Gala next on the agenda.

Elsewhere, Musselburgh emerged as 13-5 winners over Aberdeenshire at Stoneyhill to ensure that they remain in contention as the BT National League Division Two title race enters the home straight.

Kick-off was delayed after the visitors experienced travel problems, and they gave Musselburgh a stern test in a match that featured some excellent rugby despite the conditions.

Two unconverted tries in the opening 17 minutes – the second a flowing score by centre Andy Lamb – saw the hosts into a ten-point lead they still held at the break. And a penalty by Danny Owenson in the second period was enough to get the better of their in-form rivals. The win means Musselburgh occupy fourth spot in the table, with just two points covering the leading quartet, and fifth-placed Aberdeenshire now looking to be out of the running.

Haddington, who are second from bottom, were at Kirkcaldy losing 52-10, with the match effectively over at the break when the Fifers led 26-0.

The match between Division Three pacesetters Lasswade and fellow promotion challengers Preston Lodge was a victim of the weather. As a result, there was a change at the top of the table, with Dumfries Saints reclaiming pole position after a win away to West of Scotland.

The aspirations of fifth-placed RHC Cougars suffered a blow when they lost 24-8 at home to Dunfermline, leaving the Barnton men ten points adrift of Dumfries.

And there was no joy for basement side Murrayfield Wanderers who suffered a 14-0 loss at home to Hawick YM.