Edinburgh Accies fight hard for another narrow win

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Edinburgh Accies displayed their battling qualities to squeeze past Aberdeen Grammar 18-17 – a second successive single point victory in the RBS Premiership for the Raeburn Place men.

Accies trailed 14-3 at half-time, but a try apiece from Nyle Godsmark and Alex Findlater, plus an eight-point contribution with the boot from Ruaridh Bonner, steered Accies into second place in the league table.

Elsewhere, Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison hailed the persistence of his men after they edged out Capital rivals Stewart’s Melville 18-13 in a fiercely contested RBS National League encounter at Inverleith.

A late try snatched the spoils in a tense affair that ended with 14 men against 13 after ’Muir had Alex Cox yellow carded, while the hosts lost Ross Samson and Nick McCashin to the sin bin.

Acknowledging the challenge posed by Stew-Mel, Aitchison said: “They are a good side and they have been underestimated by a lot of people, but we just kept going right to the end.”

’Muir’s win leaves them a point adrift of early pacesetters Watsonians, who took a full five-point haul. Ramsay Young bagged two of ’Sonians’ seven tries, and Allan Jacobsen scored for a second successive Saturday, while Ben Di Rollo had a 19 point contribution as the Myreside men returned from Selkirk with a 51-23 win and five-point haul to their credit.

Musselburgh top RBS Championship League B after holding off a strong finish from the visitors in Kirkaldy in a 30-28 victory at Stoneyhill. Lasswade also recorded a second successive win, stepping up the pace in the second half to seeing off Aberdeenshire 38-15 at Hawthornden.

Haddington went down 28-7 at home Jedforest and Livingston suffered a 61-10 defeat at Howe of Fife.

Meanwhile, Murrayfield Wanderers had their trip to meet Hawick YM postponed because of a front row injury crisis.