Lasswade beat freeze and Irvine to move top

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Lasswade’s Division Three match at home to Irvine was one of only three fixtures on the BT National League programme that went ahead on a day when the bulk of the card was wiped out by the cold snap.

With the rest of the sides in their division having an unscheduled day off, the Hawthornden men took full advantage, posting a 30-7 win that enabled them to move from third spot in the table into pole position, leapfrogging West of Scotland and Preston Lodge, albeit now having played one game more than their rivals.

Saturday’s fixture was given the go-ahead after a lunchtime pitch inspection, offering the Midlothian side an opportunity to extend a five-match winning run. And, although the visitors made life difficult in a hard-fought first half – Lasswade led the stuffy Ayrshire outfit only 8-7 at the interval – the hosts clicked through the gear in the second period to take all five league points.

Donald Hearn bagged two of the home side’s five tries and there was one apiece for Douglas Hearn, Kyle Smith and David Hall, while Lewis Clark weighed in with a conversion and a penalty to see Lasswade home.

Haddington were among the other sides who saw action when they travelled to face Falkirk on Division Two duty looking to record a second success of the campaign. However, it proved to be another disappointing day for the Neilson Park side who went down 55-0. The result has moved Falkirk into third spot, displacing Musselburgh.