Phil Smith delighted by Heriot’s win

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Heriot’s coach Phil Smith has hailed the progress of his side after their 18-13 away to Stirling County. While their win over Gala the previous week had been built around the momentum of a second-half fight back, Saturday’s victory was a more controlled affair.

An early penalty by Graham Wilson set the scoreboard ticking over, and he converted a try from Michael Maltman then slotted a penalty before James Fleming darted over for a fine solo score that clinched the win although the hosts had the consolation of a narrow defeat bonus after Rory Hughes claimed a late try.

Reflecting on the result, Smith said: “It was a controlled, mature performance although I was disappointed that we lost a score at the end.”

Meanwhile, the task facing Currie became even tougher as they returned empty handed from their trip to face champions Ayr. The 29-0 defeat leaves Ally Donaldson’s men rooted to the bottom of the table having opened their campaign against last season’s top three sides, and they will be desperate to take something from Saturday’s visit of Edinburgh Accies.

Watsonians maintained their flawless start in the RBS National League when they swept aside Biggar with a clinical 11-try display at Myreside. Ewan Miller and Ali Ross each bagged a brace while there was one apiece for Neil Irvine-Hess, Mark Rennie, Jack Ferguson, Ramsay Young, Rory Steele, Tom Hart and Ally Ledingham, with the remaining points coming from kicks.

Another side oozing confidence is Boroughmuir who posted a third successive win, seeing off fellow promotion hopefuls Dundee High 37-17 at Meggetland. Malcolm Clapperton, Jordan Edmunds, Thomas Docherty and Craig Marshall all touched down for tries, and Dave Reekie booted all four conversions plus three penalties.

Next on the agenda for ’Muir is a trip to face Peebles, who were 32-0 winners over Stewart’s Melville at Inverleith with all but five of the points coming in a dismal first half for the hosts.

In the RBS Championship Division B, Musselburgh lost for the first time this season but had the consolation of a narrow defeat bonus point from their trip to face Jedforest. Trailing 13-0 at the interval to a home side with former ’Burgh coach Brian Hughes at the helm, the visitors battled back and tries from Andrew Cook and James Doig, plus two penalties by Danny Owenson, hauled them to within two points entering the tense closing minutes. But an Ian Chisholm penalty for the hosts was enough to seal a 21-16 win and enable the Borderers to leapfrog ’Burgh into top spot.

A late drop goal by veteran centre Gavin Douglas sealed a first win of the season for Livingston, who edged out Haddington 23-17 at Almond Park.

But there was disappointment for Lasswade, on the wrong end of a 53-10 scoreline at home to Howe of Fife, and Murrayfield Wanderers, defeated 36-12 away to Aberdeen Wanderers.