Injury-hit YM claim good draw

Haddington 28

Hawick YM 28

RBS CHAMMPIONSHIP LEAGUE B

A depleted Hawick YM came home from Neilson Park with a spirited draw, writes Redskin.

An ever-mounting injury list compounded by unavailability meant the Teries lined up with a squad of just 16 and a difficult afternoon looked likely.

It was made even harder after seven minutes when Dean McCracken was harshly yellow-carded, with Nick Bell stroking over the resultant penalty.

With McCracken restored to the field, it was ironically Haddington who struck next when a nice double miss-pass created space wide on the right and a missed tackle allowed full back Nick Watt an easy run-in.

Gregor Welsh replied with a penalty before Greig Wylie was set up and the winger showed great awareness to twist in the tackle to touch down. Welsh converted, but hit the post with his next two-point attempt after Ryan Hogg touched down in the corner. With the wind in their faces, YM knew their 15-8 lead would be pressurised in the second half and Bell’s two successful kicks the gap to one with 21 minutes left.

Haddington then took control as centre Euan Herkes raced in between the sticks and then Kyle Adam picked up a loose pass by Graham Hogg to sprint home from 60m out.

At 28-15 down, YM needed a swift reply and got it when Wylie touched down.

It was now all YM and a penalty for offside was converted by Welsh on 73 minutes.

And captain Bruce Campbell wriggled over from close range to level things at 28-28 with three minutes remaining, but the difficult conversion was missed.