Boroughmuir move closer to Premiership safety

Jordan Edmunds scored the Boroughmuir try
Jordan Edmunds scored the Boroughmuir try
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Boroughmuir stepped up their bid for top-flight survival when they moved out of the bottom two in the BT Premiership with a 16-15 victory away to Stirling County that was more comfortable than the score line suggests.

The Meggetland side led 7-3 at the interval after responding to an early Stirling penalty with a try from Jordan Edmunds, which was converted by David Reekie. Chris Laidlaw, making his return after a lengthy absence through injury, extended the lead with two penalties. And, although the hosts clawed back five points with an unconverted try, Laidlaw made the game safe with another kick before Stirling snatched a losing bonus point with an injury-time touchdown and conversion.

Muir are now in a three-way battle with Stirling and Gala to avoid the relegation play-off against the team that finishes second in BT National Division One, although the other two sides have played one game more than the Capital outfit.

Edinburgh Accies remain on the periphery of that race to finish as runners up in BT1 after seeing off Dundee High in a tight affair at Raeburn Place. Josh Pecqueur claimed the only try of a keenly contested encounter as Accies posted a 13-9 win that leaves them fifth, six points behind the Taysiders, who remain joint third.

Stewart’s Melville edged closer to safety when they took all five league points from a 45-12 win at home to Musselburgh. Ali Greig set the ball rolling with the first of StewMel’s five tries. Mike Hanning converted then added a self-converted touchdown and four penalties as the hosts reached the break 26-0 ahead. Further scores by Seb Trotter, Ben Wilson and a penalty award completed the scoring for the hosts, who have climbed to eighth in the table.

Meanwhile, Preston Lodge tightened their grip on fifth spot in Division Two after bouncing back from conceding an early try to post a 46-17 win at home to Lasswade, who remain second bottom.

Haddington climbed to second spot in Division Three after extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a 14-5 win at home to RHC Cougars, while the sides around them in the table had their matches postponed.

The East Lothian men sit 11 points adrift of leaders GHK who were given a good test by Livingston at Almond Park before emerging with a 24-3 win that means the Glasgow side has not lost in 32 matches.