Accies win keeps Gala in fourth position

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Gala’s return to form continued on Saturday with a win at Raeburn Place, in which all the scoring was done in the opening half.

Accies scored first when Callum Ramm kicked a penalty and they continued to impart pressure in the Gala 22 in the early stages.

The visitors got their break on the quarter-hour mark when Accies were penalised, and a quick tap and go by George Graham took the ball within reach of the home try line, with Ruairi Howarth in support to take the offload and touch down for Ewan Scott to convert.

Accies struck back quickly and a high clearance kick was collected in the air by Jamie Farndale, who only had one man to beat on his run to the line.

That, however, was to be the last of the home scoring as the Netherdale outfit raised the tempo and ran in another two tries before the break.

A catch and drive from a 10m line-out proved fruitful, with Gary Graham appearing from the successful pile-up with ball in hand, while the second was also the result of forward force, this time prop Grant Shiells the scorer.

Scott converted both to leave the scoreline standing at 21-8 at the break.

Despite numerous chances for both sides to increase the scoreboard, neither team could capitalise, with the sound of the referee’s whistle being the most consistent factor, much to the annoyance of players and supporters alike.

The win keeps the Maroons in fourth place in the BT Premiership, seven points ahead of Stirling County who have a game in hand, with three games left to play.