Loss at Melrose leaves Accies with work to do

Ross Bradford scored two tries for Boroughmuir. Picture: Lesley Martin
Ross Bradford scored two tries for Boroughmuir. Picture: Lesley Martin
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Edinburgh Accies face a tricky run-in to their RBS Premiership campaign after returning empty handed from their trip to face Melrose at the Greenyards.

With only eight minutes gone, Gary Holborn touched down for the first of the home side’s four converted tries. Fraser Thomson and Damian Hoyland also crossed the whitewash before Alex Allan bagged a score for the Raeburn Place side. However, Grant Runciman clinched the bonus point late in the game with Joe Helps again booting the conversion for a 28-5 win.

Accies sit ten points clear of basement side Aberdeen Grammar but have a tough schedule ahead, with a derby against Heriot’s next followed by matches against Gala and Ayr and a finale against Stirling County that could have a bearing on the relegation battle.

Elsewhere, Boroughmuir took another step towards the RBS National League title when they returned from their trip to face Kelso with all five league points. Adam Best and Ross Bradford had two tries apiece while Johnny Adams and skipper Andy Rose also touched down as ’Muir chalked up a victory that has eliminated the Borderers from the race for the silverware.

Watsonians had to display their battling qualities to overturn an 18-0 interval deficit in their match at Dundee High and post a 32-18 win that maintains their challenge. Watsonians had a penalty try and touchdowns from Chris Scott, Jack Ferguson and Ben Di Rollo, who also landed three conversions and a penalty while Mike Ker weighed in with a drop goal for a result that appears to have dealt a fatal blow to Dundee’s promotion challenge leaving three sides in 
contention. One of that trio is Stewart’s Melville who had to work hard for their 19-7 win away to Biggar that keeps the Inverleith men in the hunt. The visitors fell behind to an early converted score but squared matters before the break through a try from Adam Howie, converted by Mike Hanning. And further scores from Nick Hart and Fraser Strachan set up a chase for the bonus-point try in the final quarter which ultimately proved beyond StewMel who remain third, two points behind Watsonians.

Musselburgh continue to lead the way in RBS Championship Division B after seeing off Lasswade 33-7 at Stoneyhill. Burgh remain five points clear at the top of the table although they have played a match more than the two sides immediately below them.

Second-placed Jed-Forest visited Murrayfield Wanderers and were made to work hard for their 32-17 win. Haddington welcomed third-placed Howe of Fife to Neilson Park and although the hosts made life difficult for the free scoring visitors in the early part of the match, the Fifers won 46-14 to enhance a points difference that is substantially better than every other side in the league.

Livingston won 28-8 at Hawick YM, a win that has consolidated the West Lothian outfit’s mid-table position.