An eagerly awaited rugby play-off between Edinburgh Accies and local rivals Stewart’s/Melville will go ahead at out-of-town Lasswade on Saturday despite it emerging today that the main pitch at Goldenacre is available for the encounter.
A source within the Heriot’s club has confirmed that they were keen to play host in dismissing speculation that goal-posts might have had to be removed to accommodate school summer sports.
However, the match goes ahead at Lasswade where facilities are excellent and there is a track record for successfully staging age-group and women’s international rugby.
Nevertheless, supporters have contacted the Evening News insisting that the decision is another kick in the teeth to the promotion of club rugby with Goldenacre not only more accessible to the neutral but only a few minutes walk from both StewMel and Accies clubhouses where money-spinning pre-match lunches might have been arranged.
StewMel have not commented on the match arrangements but Accies hint at some consternation.
In a weekly weblog, president John Wright says of Lasswade: “Not the best choice for two clubs from north Edinburgh, but a good pitch and good facilities.”
Under rules introduced last year the second top National League team tackle the second bottom Premiership side. Last year’s match between Hawick and Dundee took place at Meggetland.