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Hawick YM 30

Berwick 17


ROB HILL reports from Mansfield Haugh

BERWICK travelled up from Scremerston for their last game of the season knowing that nothing more than a five-pointer would be good enough in the quest for second promotion spot, and, boy, did they fire right out of the starting blocks.

In a hectic first 13 minutes the visitors got themselves into a great position, with Dan Law crossing for two tries which were converted by Matthew Hackett, much to the delight of the travelling support.

Twelve more minutes passed before YM could enjoy their six minutes of magic. Berwick were blown away by sheer pace and power as firstly Ross Gibson ran round from the base of a scrum to dot down, Lee Armstrong converting, before a superb length-of-the-pitch move, in which Dean McCracken was involved twice, saw the lively centre finish off in the corner.

Three minutes later, Armstrong’s magic and determination saw him dance through the Berwick defence to score between the posts. The successful conversion meant that YM had turned a 14-0 deficit into a 19-14 half-time lead in the space of six minutes as a shell-shocked Berwick looked on.

The second half was a fairly tight affair as the visitors tried to emulate their earlier form but the Skins’ defence held firm. Armstrong kicked a penalty to extend the lead, but this was cancelled out by a similar effort from Hackett. YM managed to hold on to their eight-point lead and in the final seconds of a rain sodden second half, Finlay Robb put the tie beyond doubt with a try, and resigned their visitors to almost certainly another season in National Division Two as Kilmarnock only need one point from two matches to go up.

Hawick YM: A. Weir; C. Ritson, S. McLeod, D. McCracken, G. Desport; L. Armstrong, J. Farmer; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, A. Turnbull, R. Turnbull, L. Mallin, S. Mabon, G. Cannon, R. Gibson. Subs: G. Welsh, F. Robb and C. Robson.