Boroughmuir coach delighted by last-gasp victory

Chris Laidlaw's kicking was key in Boroughmuir's victory
Chris Laidlaw's kicking was key in Boroughmuir's victory
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Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison hailed the persistence of his men after they kicked off the BT Premiership campaign with a battling 22-19 victory away to Ayr.

Starting the league programme a week late because of their involvement in the BT Charity Shield the previous Saturday when they lost narrowly to Heriot’s, the Meggetland men led 10-5 at the break after Sean Crombie dotted down and Chris Laidlaw converted before adding a penalty.

Craig Marshall touched down to extend Muir’s advantage but two converted scores edged the hosts into a 19-15 lead which they still held entering injury time when replacement hooker Cal Davies plunged over. Laidlaw calmly steered the conversion between the posts to seal the victory.

“I was delighted with the effort and spirit of the squad to win in the manner we did with the last play of the game,” said Aitchison. “It was a different feeling from the previous week when we didn’t convert our chance to win the game.”

Watsonians sit one point clear at the top of BT National Division one after posting a 24-18 win over Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place. Watsonians were the only side in the division to score a bonus point the previous week but they had to settle for four points this time from a match in which they were never behind. Accies have two narrow-defeat bonuses from their two matches.

Next up for Accies is a trip to near neighbours Stewart’s Melville who were 18-12 winners at Peebles. Ross McCann and Adam Howie had a try apiece and Nick McCashin kicked the other points as the Capital side made it two wins from two. Musselburgh, who had snatched an injury-time win the previous week, were on the receiving end of a last -ditch score this time as they went down 37-32 away to Marr with the hosts bagging the decisive try deep into injury time. Musselburgh’s next test comes at Stoneyhill on Saturday when Watsonians are the visitors.

Division Two is shaping up to be a tight league with five teams having won their opening two fixtures. Among that group are Lasswade and Preston Lodge.

Lasswade travelled to face Greenock Wanderers and returned with a full five-point haul after chalking up a 27-16 win. PL were also on the road, and they faced a tough test before emerging as 17-15 winners at Ardrossan Accies. The hosts led 15-7 as the clock ticked past 80 minutes, but two late tries gave PL the victory that was a reward for their never-say-die attitude after a frustrating afternoon that had seen three touchdowns disallowed. Nick Hart bagged a double and Greg Walker one for the visitors who sit fifth in the table.

Elsewhere, RHC Cougars suffered a second successive defeat in Division Three when they went down 36-5 at West of Scotland, and there was also disappointment for Haddington, who lost 26-11 on their trip to face Dumfries Saints.