Hawick YM 24
NATIONAL DIVISION ONE
ROB HILL reports from Lochshore
For the sixth week in seven outings, the Skins were on the road and back to league action with a long trip to Garnock.
Conditions were ideal for a good game of rugby and Garnock took quick advantage by scoring the opening try in four minutes.
The YM pack gradually got themselves on top of the set-pieces and this eventually paid off when captain Stephen Hill dived over for the levelling score in the 22nd minute.
Sadly Hill, in the act of scoring, took an accidental boot to the head and had to leave the field. Ali Weir converted and slotted a penalty in the 28th minute to steer his team to a 10-5 half-time lead.
Within two minutes of the restart Steven Mabon extended the lead with well-worked try which again was converted by Weir.
Garnock came back into the game a few minutes later with a penalty and at 17-8 they were still in with a good shout.
YM should have put the game out of sight when Shaun Desport scored a cracker of a try on the hour and when Weir converted to give YM a 24-8 lead, it seemed more when than if the Teries would score the bonus-point try.
The last 15 minutes, however, belonged to the home side and they were mightily unlucky not to nick the win in the final minute.
First they scored a super try, which was brilliantly converted to take the score to 24-15, and after receiving a yellow card in the 72nd minute, they still managed to reduce the gap to six points through a penalty with four minutes to go.
Garnock piled on the pressure sensing victory and in the final minute it looked like they had gone over for a score in the corner but the ref signalled an infringement and a penalty to YM which was booted into touch as the final whistle sounded.
The man of the match, chosen by the Garnock players, was Bruce Campbell.
Hawick YM: C. Ritson; A. Hamilton, R. Armstrong, D. McCracken, M. Graham; A. Weir, B. Campbell; S. Muir, G. Douglas, W. Blacklock, A. Turnbull, S. Mabon, S. Hill, R. Scott, S. Graham. Subs: B. Lilly, S. Desport.