Resolute Gala stand firm against desperate ’Muir

Boroughmuir v Gala RFC at Meggetland.
Boroughmuir v Gala RFC at Meggetland.

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This was not an easy match to watch for any Gala fan, regardless of their blood pressure.

Needing a win to keep the gap between them and Hawick, the Maroons did just enough, but the scoreline could so easily have been reversed, as Boroughmuir threatened right up to the final whistle.

The home side were fighting tooth and nail – and for them, they had a stronger reason – survival in the Premiership. And if their kickers had been perhaps a bit calmer and more focused, the Maroons would certainly have been staring defeat in the face.

Chris Laidlaw missed twice and Dave Reekie was off-target as well for the city side in an error-strewn and pointless first half.

The visitors’ Ewan Scott had the first couple of goes at the posts at the start of the second half, but they too were missed.

After the hour mark, Laidlaw was once again charged with the kicking duties and this time split the posts to open the scoring.

In the 75th minute, Gala’s pressure at a defensive Boroughmuir line-out on their 22 gave them a free kick. An enterprising pick and go move ended in a pop pass to Ruairi Howarth, who cut through the defending line to score. Craig Dods continued the theme of missed kicks with the conversion.

The Maroons had to be sharp in defence in the closing stages as ’Muir fought for something more than a losing bonus point.

And the visitors were able to starve their opponents of the required space and time to open up the opportunity of a drop goal.