Hawick YM 33
RBS NATIONAL ONE
ROB HILL reports from Mansfield Haugh
IT was week two of the National Leagues, and week two of the torrential downpours.
In all of last season’s fixtures YM got two soakings, so the man upstairs is certainly making life difficult at the start of this one.
Livingston were the visitors hoping to improve on the previous week’s thumping, but things looked ominous as Matty Douglas raced in for his first try for the hosts after only three minutes.
The conditions hampered play and silly mistakes were being made by both sides. Ross Armstrong replaced Chris Ritson midway through the first half just after Ali Weir slotted his first penalty to take YM into an 8-0 lead.
A good line-out and some excellent forward play saw a try set up for Glyn Desport on 26 minutes and that was it for the scoring as the Teries turned around 13-0 in front.
The rain, like the play in the second half, was fairly stop-start and as was the case the previous week, the Redskins failed to find any continuity.
Three further tries came from Dean McCracken, Michael Graham and a second by Glyn Desport with Ali Weir slotting a penalty and a conversion.
Two wins on the bounce in National One – only 20 to go. The man of the match was Matthew Douglas.
Hawick YM: M. Douglas; S. Desport, C. Ritson, D. McCracken, G. Desport; A. Weir, B. Campbell; R. Turnbull, L. Gibson, A. Turnbull, S. Mabon, G. Petrie, R. Scott, S. Hill, S. Graham. Subs used: B. Lilly, M. Graham, R. Armstrong.