Earlston 24 Gala YM 14

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Yesterday’s game at the Haugh was a typical Borders’ derby, scrappy at times ferocious at others and two teams fired up for a win.

Straight from Earlston’s kick off Gala gave away a penalty which Scott Bell converted but only minutes later the visitors added a similar effort following an offside offence.

Three minutes later it was the Gala side who were caught wandering, allowing Craig Lawrie to slot a long range penalty goal to edge his team ahead once more.

Some poor tackling by the hosts allowed Gala to score the games first try in the corner and, right on the 40 minute mark Bell slotted his team’s third penalty to close the gap to 11-9 in favour of the visitors at half-time.

YM added another penalty just after the restart and a spell of stalemate ensued as both teams looked for that final push.

And it was Earlston that pushed the hardest. After some great defence by both teams the hosts received a lineout eight metres out and a good catch by Matt Henry set up a maul which was driven over at speed for Pie McDougal to score. Bell slotted the conversion before adding another penalty.

On the last play of the game YM won a scrum on their own five metre line but, now playing with their tales up, Earlston took a strike against the head and Darren Cessford scored in corner to deny Gala a losing bonus point.

Another good display by the Earlston lads to make it five out of five in the league.

Next week’s game is away to RDVC.