Welsh wins it at the death for YM

Murrayfield Wanderers 18

Hawick YM 20

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

ROB HILL reports from Murrayfield

WITH 80 minutes on the clock the Skins were 18-17 down and staring down the barrel of a second straight defeat after having an 11-point advantage.

The referee raised his hand for a penalty, star kicker Weir was off the pitch, but from 40 yards out, cool as a cucumber, old head Gregor Welsh sailed the winner through the uprights. He might not get as much game time now but that three points was probably the most important in YM’s season so far.

The match itself was a scrappy affair – Weir slotting an early penalty which was cancelled out soon after by a similar effort from Murray Johnstone. Weir banged over another penalty in the 14th minute which was followed up by a Michael Graham try. A flurry of cards were shown before the break, but Hawick still held an 11-3 advantage.

Weir increased the lead in the 50th minute and a couple of more penalties were traded before Stuart Young went over for a converted try for the hosts.

Murrayfield took the lead when number 7 Ross Sutherland fell on the ball in the in goal area, before Welsh sealed the game with his moment of glory.

Hawick YM: M. Douglas; M. Graham, S. McLeod, D. McCracken, G. Desport; A. Weir, B. Campbell; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, W. Blacklock, A. Turnbull, G. Petrie, K. Millar, R. Scott, S. Graham. Subs: G. Welsh, S. Desport, N. Little.