Melrose win scrap for points at Anniesland

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Melrose were back on the winning trail again on Saturday with a victory at Anniesland taking them up to fourth place in the BT Premiership.

Having both lost their last two matches, the teams were keen to get on the winning trail again, but scoring was kept to a minimum in an error-strewn game that neither side will be particularly proud of.

Indeed, the only score of the first half was a Richard Mill penalty on 22 minutes.

Determined to secure the points, Melrose stepped up after the restart and 10 minutes in, Blair Hutchison, who had replaced Rory Tolland at half-time, chipped ahead in front of the stand and Austin Lockington collected the ball and raced in at the corner for a try, leaving Mill a tricky, but successful, conversion.

Going into the final quarter, Melrose were still pressing hard and a long mispass was well received by Tito Mua, who scrambled over for a try in the corner. Mill’s conversion was as tricky and productive as his previous effort. With eight minutes remaining, Hawks began to apply some pressure of their own and Melrose’s Tom Wilson was found guilty of coming in from the side in the red zone and received a yellow card for his troubles.

Five minutes later an attempted Melrose clearance kick rebounded off Andrew Davidson 10 metres out and as the ball crossed the line, Jack McFarlane dived on it and claimed Hawks’ consolation try which George Horne converted.