Watsonians celebrate league title

Watsonians crack open the bubbly. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Watsonians crack open the bubbly. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Watsonians captain Ali Marsh paid tribute to the character within the squad after they clinched the BT National League One title at the weekend with one match remaining.

Watsonians captain Ali Marsh paid tribute to the character within the squad after they clinched the BT National League One title at the weekend with one match remaining.

The Myreside men will be in the BT Premiership next term after a 61-17 home victory over Howe of Fife.

It will be the club’s first time in the top flight since 2010/11 and prop Marsh, who has played for Edinburgh Accies amongst others, said: “The guys have been excellent this season and have kept going even when things got tough.

“Fair play to Marr, they have pushed us all the way, but I always had the belief in this group that we could go on and finish the job.

“We got off to a good start and then built momentum and the guys have all pushed each other to be the best they can be.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the way that my fellow prop Martin Christie captained the side before he got injured.”

Marcus Di Rollo, who coaches the team with fellow ex-Scotland cap Simon Taylor, said: “I am really proud of this group of players because this is a tough league to get out of.

“In previous years we have always fallen away just after Christmas, but this time the boys just kept on going and in fact we have saved some of our best performances for the last few weeks when it has really mattered.”

Going into the match the home side knew that a bonus-point victory would mean that second placed Marr could not catch them.

And although Howe took the lead thanks to a penalty by Angus Guthrie the Watsonians’ win was secured by half-time.

The first try came in the seventh minute when Scott McKean set-up Scott McLeod to go over. The second try came in the 16th minute when another slick backs move down the left wing saw McKean go over this time. In the 25th minute Rory Drummond, a former Howe player, added a third.

Rob Lind then scored for Howe, however, in the 38th minute Watsonians scored the try that effectively gave them the title.

It came after a long period of possession and youngster Reiss Cullen showed quick feet to dive over. Andrew Chalmers converted for a fourth time.

Five more tries came from the hosts in the second half with McKean completing his hat-trick and Romain Denonain getting the final score in the dying seconds to put the icing on the cake.