Mayfield mugging for winless Teries

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Dundee HSFP 26

Hawick 22

PREMIER DIVISION ONE

The Greens travelled to Mayfield on Saturday and came away with a single bonus point in yet another game they could have won.

After three minutes, stand-off Lee Armstrong opened the scoring with a penalty, but the home side scored two tries in 10 minutes, one of which was converted.

Hawick were unfortunate to lose full back Neil McColm and lock Gavin Petrie with a shoulder and jaw injury respectively and this badly affected the Hawick rhythm.

But after half an hour, wing forward Keith Davies scored a fine try after good work from Bruce McNeil. Armstrong duly converted to narrow the gap.

The home side were making a lot of handling errors when getting into good positions, but they did manage to score another try before half-time, also converted, to leave the score at 19-10 to the hosts.

The second half opened well for the Greens with centre Graham Hogg doing good work, before wing forward, Nick Mactaggart, crashed over for a fine try.

With 15 minutes left, the home team got their bonus-point try, duly converted, and things were looking a bit bleak for the Teries. However, with five minutes remaining, Keith Davies, scored a long-range try, beautifully converted by Armstrong, to narrow the gap to four points.

The Greens played well in parts and showed a lot of commitment. Keith Davies had an outstanding game and is looking very sharp, and the experience of Graham Hogg was a key factor in a very young back division.

The Greens will be content enough securing a bonus point, but they are in desperate need of a win and with two home games against Aberdeen Grammar and Stirling County coming up, there’s never been a better time to start.

Hawick: N. McColm; G. Anderson, G. Johnstone, G. Hogg, S. Anderson; L. Armstrong, G. Cottrell; N. Little, M. Landels, S. Linton, K. Willison, G. Petrie, N. McTaggart, K. Davies, B. McNeil. Subs: L. Gibson, H. Scammell, D. Landels, S. Bouglas, L. Lawrence.