Redskins win on the road again despite phantom try

Dunfermline 5

Hawick YM 10

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

ROB HILL reports from McKane Park

THIS was week four on the road for the ’Skins – as last season’s National Two champions faced last season’s Premier 3 bottom club, and conditions were ideal for a decent game of rugby.

What was served up, however, was a fairly turgid stop-start match with very little scoring and not much to describe.

Ali Weir slotted the first penalty in six minutes to give YM a good start, but Dunfermline dominated much of the possession and territory for the remainder of the half until a foray by YM resulted in an excellent Stuart Graham try which was converted by Weir. Half time: 10-0.

Dunfermline started the second half on the attack and after seven minutes came the try that never was as John Coutts forced the Dunfermline number 11 into touch at the corner flag, and the home winger’s delayed reaction showed he was as much surprised at the ref’s decision to award it as everyone else.

That was the end of the scoring as a resolute YM defence held out until the end.

Three wins out of four and a losing bonus point on the road in the last month has laid a solid foundation for the rest of the season.

Man of the match was Stuart Graham.

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