Redskins scalp Dons in push towards promotion

Aberdeenshire 12

Hawick YM 29

NATIONAL DIVISION TWO

ROB HILL reports from Woodside

THE Redskins travelled up to Aberdeen knowing a win would be one step closer to League One.

And it didn’t take long for the Hawick outfit to get off the mark. Dean McCracken’s deft grubber kick bounced nicely into the hands of Glyn Desport to open the scoring.

The brutality of the Aberdeenshire front row was starting to bear fruit, but YM wiped the smiles off their faces when Chris Ritson finished off another classy move to score under the sticks, Lee Armstrong slotting the conversion.

Aberdeenshire missed a couple of penalties before they registered their first try in the 16th minute.

But it was the Redskins who once again got the last laugh of the half when Neil McColm broke down the wing and managed to battle on for the try. Just on the half-time whistle Graeme Cannon received a yellow card.

The second half started with the expected deluge by the home pack, their stand-off shooting in under the posts and converting himself. The Dons were now right back in the match.

The enthusiastic home support were giving it their all, but they had their hopes dashed in the 13th minute. YM were awarded a couple of quick penalties and Bruce Campbell scrambled in for his second try in three games. Lee Armstrong converted to double the lead.

In the final minute, Greig Wylie romped in from 35 yards to score in the corner.

The Teries now move on to Waysiders/Drumpellier needing the win to secure promotion and the league two championship.

Hawick YM: G. Desport; S. Desport, S. McLeod, D. McCracken, C. Ritson; L. Armstrong, B. Campbell; B. Lilly, F. Robb, C. Traynor, R. Halliday, S. Mabon, C. Robson, S. Hill, R. Gibson. Subs: N. McColm, G. Cannon and G. Wylie.