Gala stay alive in Premiership

Ewan Dods scores Gala's second try (photo by Alwyn Johnston)
Ewan Dods scores Gala's second try (photo by Alwyn Johnston)

Gala avoided the Premiership plunge after retaining their top tier status by defeating National League runners-up Marr in the relegation play-off at Bridgehaugh, with a 22-10 winning performance .

The Maroons appeared to have it all wrapped up after going into the half time break with a 22-3 lead, from tries by winger Frankie Robson, number 8 Euan Dods and flanker Josh Irvine, plus two conversions and a penalty by Scott.

But, straight from the start of the second half, Marr showed why they had finished second top in National League One by playing fast, attacking running rugby, which had Gala struggling to contain the Troon side.

In the event, Marr were able to score only one try – by winger Scott Bickerstaff – but ut was not enough to disturb Gala’s first-half points tally, leaving the Netherdale club winners, even if, in their own terms, it was far from convincing.