Narrow loss for Heriot’s keeps things tight at top

Graham Wilson. Picture: Joey Kelly

Graham Wilson. Picture: Joey Kelly

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Heriot’s had the consolation of a narrow defeat bonus point from their 11-9 RBS Premiership loss at Gala in a keenly contested game which the Goldenacre men could have won.

Three penalties by Graham Wilson left Heriot’s 9-8 ahead entering the final ten minutes, but a penalty from Ewan Scott gave the Borderers a win that has intensified the battle among the top four sides, with Heriot’s still second although they have played two games more than the pair below them.

Currie issued a warning to the doom mongers who are writing off the Malleny Park side’s hopes of top flight survival when they produced a gutsy effort to emerge as 27-10 winners in the basement battle away to Stirling County.

Richard Snedden set the tone with an early touchdown for Currie, then Stuart McInally marked his first outing as a hooker with try number two as the visitors reached the break with a 17-3 advantage. And Ruaridh Smith displayed his pace to score the clincher, with George Horne kicking the other points to complete Currie’s second win of the campaign.

“Tactically, we played the conditions well,” said delighted Currie coach Ally Donaldson, whose side remains bottom but now with renewed hopes of beating the drop.

In the RBS National League, Watsonians rounded off a dismal week that had seen the club attract headlines for the wrong reasons – president Paul Di Rollo receiving a four-month ban for verbally abusing a match official – when they succumbed 18-15 at home to a Selkirk side scrapping to remain in the promotion race.

Ramsay Young and Ben Di Rollo had a try apiece for ’Sonians who came up just short and had to settle for a narrow defeat bonus point which could prove vital in the final analysis, with Stewart’s Melville now occupying second spot ahead of what promises to be a tense finale to the league programme.

The race for the RBS Championship Division B title looks increasingly like a three way contest after the top trio posted wins. Pacesetters Musselburgh beat Kirkcaldy 33-10, harvesting all five points in the process. ’Burgh skipper James Doig marked his return from injury with two tries as his side secured the result that extends their lead at the top of the table.

The advantage is now seven points over Jedforest who failed to take the four try bonus in their match at home to Haddington. The visitors were unable to extend their recent winning run, but made life difficult for the hosts who emerged as 27-6 winners to set up an intriguing trip to face ’Burgh on November 16.

Haddington’s loss keeps Livingston in fourth spot despite going down 26-15 at home to third-placed Howe of Fife. Murrayfield Wanderers moved off the bottom of with a 41-23 at home to Hawick YM in the basement battle while Lasswade’s losing run stretched to eight matches when the Hawthornden men suffered a 29-5 loss away to Aberdeenshire.