Heriot’s thump Selkirk and close gap at top of league

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BT PREMIERSHIP champions Heriot’s trimmed the deficit on leaders Ayr with a crushing 70-8 win over bottom side Selkirk at Goldenacre.

The 12-try romp, combined with defeat for the table-toppers away to Melrose, leaves the Goldenacre men only five points adrift of the pacesetters with six matches left in the regular season and a trip to face Hawick next on the agenda.

Full-back John Semple was the main points contributor for the Capital men, weighing in with three touchdowns and a ten-point kicking haul. Russell Nimmo and Charlie Simpson had two tries apiece and there was one each for Struan Dewar, Clarke Smith, Ian Wilson, Liam Steele and Gregor McNeish as Phil Smith’s side confirmed that their mid-season dip in form is now firmly behind them.

Watsonians edged a step closer to securing a return to the top flight next season when they returned from Cupar with a 37-24 win over nearest challengers Howe of Fife to their credit in BT National Division One. The defeat cost the Fifers second spot in the table, with Marr replacing them.

The points dropped by Howe and Marr over recent weeks have allowed Edinburgh Accies to join the race for the promotion play-off spot, assuming that Sonians avoid any collapse that would see them surrender their ten-point advantage at the summit. Tries by Matt Coupar, Saul Coupar, Melvin-Farr, Iain Chisholm and Jamie Sole 
secured the bonus point for 
Accies in a 37-7 win away to Peebles, with Facundo Beltramino landing all four conversions as well as three penalties.

It was a tough afternoon for Musselburgh, who were on the wrong end of a 45-19 scoreline away to GHA. There was also further disappointment for Stewart’s Melville, who had to settle for a narrow defeat bonus point after going down 19-15 at fellow strugglers Kelso. The result means that the Capital side is now one of four that has become detached at the foot of the table.

A 19-17 win for Preston Lodge over Hillhead/Jordanhill in Division Two has moved the Pennypit side into a share of third spot, just two points behind Falkirk, who inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Hamilton Bulls. Meanwhile, Lasswade now face a battle to escape a relegation battle after suffering an 18-0 loss at Whitecraigs that leaves them in a group of five teams covered by three points scrapping to avoid the drop alongside Greenock Wanderers, who already appear doomed.

Haddington slipped to fourth place in Division Three after a 16-11 defeat at West of Scotland, who have replaced the East Lothian men in the top three. Elsewhere, Livingston gained some breathing space at the foot of the table with a 15-12 success over East Kilbride, while RHC Cougars were outgunned on their trip to unbeaten GHK, losing 31-17.