Hamilton hold on as Peebles fight back

Hamilton 24

Peebles 22


STUART PATON reports from Laigh Bent

Peebles produced a barnstorming finish away from home, but paid the price for a poor first half.

Hamilton lined up with Johnny Gray, brother of Scotland international Ritchie, and it appears he shares the same crimper as his sibling.

Bottom of the table Pees were posted missing at the kick-off, and were quickly 14-0 behind to tries from John Selfridge and Andy Hill.

The visitors then produced a fabulous piece of play, with the ball being swept out wide right for young full-back Greg Raeburn, to slide over in the far right corner.

Then, virtually from the restart, they gifted the ball to Hamilton, centre Craig Inglis gladly accepting and going in between the posts.

Back came Peebles, as Davey Paton picked up the ball at the back of the next ruck, and Conor Blyth produced some magic to give the visitors their second try for a 21-10 half-time score.

The Gytes men could have closed the gap in the second half, but for Neil Warnock’s penalty hitting the post and a harsh forward pass call from the referee.

Hamilton claimed what would prove to be a vital score through a Rory Steele penalty, before huge Peebles pressure set up scrum half Donald Anderson for a try in the 50th minute.

Neil Warnock then scored under the crossbar and converted himself to bring Gerry McGunness’ side to within two points with 10 minutes to go.

They had one last effort, but the ball was knocked on and Hamilton kicked to touch for full-time.

Peebles: G. Raeburn; N. Hogarth, D. Clancy, T. Walsh, C. Blyth; N. Warnock, D. Anderson; A. Clark, R. McConnell, R. Milne, A. Brown, K. Clyde, A. Warnock, E. Jackson, D. Paton. Subs: M. Carryer, J. Forrester, I. Rodger, D. Moore.