Weir the wizard as YM transform loss into victory

Linlithgow 17

Hawick YM 23

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

ROB HILL reports from Mains Park

WHEN the Linlithgow hooker intercepted Dean McCracken’s pass to stroll in for the try at approximately 4pm on Saturday afternoon, it was shades of Murrayfield all over again.

If someone had predicted by 4.45pm that the Skins would be top of National One by a point you would have accused them of having a laugh, but that is exactly what happened and it is tantamount to this side’s ability to grind out a result when everything on the day is going wrong.

Only two minutes were on the clock when the Linlithgow centre pairing broke the YM’s defences to send their hooker under the post for the first of his two tries which was converted. Penalties were exchanged before Craig Robson crossed the line for the Redskins’ solitary try in the 24th minute.

A quickly-tapped free kick from a scrum caught the Linlithgow defence on the hop, and a slick pass from Bruce Campbell found Robson out on his own to score. Half-time: Linlithgow 10 YM 8.

Four minutes into the second half, Linlithgow opened up a gap with the incercepted try. The conversion was successful and the deficit for YM was now nine points.

The game changed with 25 minutes to go as indiscipline resulted in a yellow card for the hosts, giving YM the extra man they needed.

The Teries turned down the shot at goal to kick to the corner and ultimately lost the throw, a decision that could have proved costly, but five successful penalties by man-of-the-match Ali Weir in the last quarter saw the Skins home.

Hawick YM: M. Douglas; A. Hamilton, C. Ritson, D. Mccracken, G. Desport; A. Weir, B. Campbell; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, A. Turnbull, R. Turnbull, S. Mabon, C. Robson, R. Scott, S. Graham. Subs: R. Armstrong, W. Blacklock, S. Desport.