Hawick YM 37
NATIONAL LEAGUE TWO
The Redskins secured what coach Jammy McFarlane called “the unthinkable” as they completed the league season undefeated to achieve 22 wins from 22 matches.
The weather was hardly springlike as a heavy downpour dominated most of the match, but a large crowd still gathered for the historic match.
Nerves jangled as a patched-up YM side kicked off against second-placed Kilmarnock, but the game was effectively won with four tries in 12 minutes in the middle of the first half.
First on the scoreboard was Neil McColm with his 21st try of the league season in 17 minutes and five minutes later Garry Douglas drove over for the first of his two tries.
Then the unthinkable happened. Prop Alistair Turnbull dived over for his first try of the season to the delight of everyone inside Mansfield Haugh.
And in the 29th minute Douglas picked and drove over again for his second try, with Lee Armstrong notching all four conversions.
The solitary points from Kilmarnock came from a penalty as the half-time score stood at 28-3.
The second half saw Kilmarnock come out and have a go at Hawick, who received three yellow cards.
The Ayrshire visitors scored two converted tries to give the YM a scare, but three Ali Weir penalties put the tie beyond doubt, with the final effort given by the touch judges despite drifting wide.
Man of the match was Garry Douglas for his two tries.
Hawick YM: N. McColm, C. Ritson, S. McLeod, D. McCracken, G. Desport, L. Armstrong, H. Neish; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, A. Turnbull, L. Mallin, R. Turnbull, R. Taylor, S. Mabon, C. Robson. Subs: A. Weir, G. Welsh, S. Desport.