Redskins keep the heat on the leaders

Hawick YM sponsosrship photo with the club's Brian Smail and Ronnie Frost
Hawick YM sponsosrship photo with the club's Brian Smail and Ronnie Frost
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Hawick YM 40

Ellon 16

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

ROB HILL reports

from Mansfield Haugh

Hawick YM kept in touch with leaders Musselburgh thanks to a six-try win.

In their first match at home for a month, the Skins scored their try of the season so far after 12 phases of play set up Glyn Desport to score in two minutes.

Ellon, to their credit, weren’t put off by the poor start and in six minutes both wingers combined and number 11 David Yuill dotted down in the corner, with Mark Ryan’s kick levelling the scores.

Almost immediately, YM were back in front as the whole side drove forward and Scott Mcleod finished the move between the posts to leave Ali Weir the easiest of conversions.

Ellon slotted an easy penalty soon after and with only 12 minutes on the clock, 24 points had been scored.

Ellon stand-off Ryan slotted a monster penalty kick which sailed over the bar with plenty of room to spare and added another to give the Aberdeenshire side a 16-14 lead.

It took another 17 minutes before YM finally had control of the match as both Dean McCracken and John Coutts crossed for tries before half-time to give the Skins a 10-point half-time advantage.

YM had the wind behind their backs in the second half and started and finished with converted tries.

Matthew Douglas was only on the field for a minute when he went over for his try, which Weir converted, and in the final minute Desport sealed the victory with his second try, again converted by Weir.

Man of the match was Steven Mabon.

Hawick YM: J. Coutts; C. Ritson, S. Mcleod, D. McCracken, G. Desport; A. Weir, B. Campbell; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, W. Blacklock, G. Petrie, A. Turnbull, R. Scott, S. Hill, S. Mabon. Subs: L. Gibson, C. Robson, M. Douglas.