Edinburgh Accies condemned to drop after defeat

Alex Glashan scored a consolation try for Accies
Alex Glashan scored a consolation try for Accies
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Edinburgh Accies will play in BT National Division One next season after a 14-7 defeat away to Hawick sealed the BT Premiership fate of Phil Leck’s men.

Needing a win to have any hope of survival, Accies trailed 8-0 at the break after John Coutts touched down and Lee Armstrong landed a penalty for the hosts. And, although a try from Alex Glashan, converted by Callum Ramm in response to another Armstrong penalty offered some hope for the Capital side, Leck’s former team applied the fatal blow when Armstrong’s third penalty clinched the win.

A 22-19 win at Stirling County maintains Currie’s aspirations of a play-off place. Chris Logan, Malcolm Peacock and Robbie Nelson all crossed the whitewash and the other points came from kicks as Currie posted a victory that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

On a day of tight finishes – all the defeated sides took a defeat bonus point – leaders Heriot’s suffered a second successive league loss when they were squeezed out 25-23 at Ayr. Colin Goudie, Davy McGregor and Russell Nimmo had a try apiece while Graham Wilson booted two penalties and a conversion as Heriot’s came up just short.

Stewart’s Melville moved into second place in BT National Division One. They trailed 13-7 at the break away to Dundee High, with Mike Hanning touching down for a converted score shortly before the interval. But a second-half try from Rhys Morgan and a double by Matt Morrell, plus a penalty and two conversions by Nick McCashin saw the Inverleith men bag a vital bonus point from a 29-13 success. That result, combined with GHA’s four point haul from a narrow win at Biggar leaves StewMel in second spot with a superior points difference.

Watsonians need an unlikely run of results if they are to secure second, but they clung to their slender hopes with a 47-5 win over Peebles. Ben Robbins and Nick Montgomery each claimed a double and there was one try apiece for Martin Christie, Ross Aitken and Chad Northcott. Andrew Chalmers booted six conversions.

Musselburgh extended their lead at the top of Division Two after taking a bonus point from a 27-13 win at Kirkcaldy while second-placed Hamilton Bulls lost at Falkirk. However, the biggest danger to Burgh over the run in to the campaign will be Howe of Fife, who are 13 points behind but have four games in hand after demolishing Livingston 101-0. Elsewhere, Haddington went down 40-12 at home to Whitecraigs.

Lasswade celebrated being named BT club of the month with a 96-0 win over Murrayfield Wanderers that has tightened their grip on top spot. Neil Clark claimed four of Lasswade’s 15 tries and Russell Gladstone had a hat-trick. Next on the agenda is the visit of nearest challengers Preston Lodge who were 16-11 winners at home to Dumfries Saints. Meanwhile, RHC Cougars moved into third spot with a 23-17 success against East Kilbride.