St Boswells Bowl debacle turns into ticket turmoil

Dave Elliot, manager of St Boswells Rugby Club.
Dave Elliot, manager of St Boswells Rugby Club.

At the time of going to print it was about as clear as mud whether or not St Boswells RFC would be travelling to Cumbernauld for National Finals Day on Saturday.

The Villagers were disqualified from the RBS Bowl Final after the SRU Championship Committee found them guilty of fielding three ineligible players in the semi-final against Glenrothes.

It’s an accusation St Boswells deny and had the right to appeal up until midnight last night.

While writing this yesterday, the matter was still in the hands of the club’s solicitor, but in the meantime Glenrothes have been selling tickets to the final against Highland, which is scheduled to take place at Clyde FC’s Broadwood Stadium at 11am on Saturday morning – a final which officially has to be listed as Highland v St Boswells until a decision over the appeal has been made. St Boswells, too, have tickets to sell, but although the players have their allocation, the club are having to hold off on sales until they know what is happening.

Manager Dave Elliot feels the club have been “hung out to dry” by the governing body and has resigned himself to the fact that he will have to wait a while yet to see his team play a national final.

“Once the SRU have made up their minds about something that is usually it,” he told The Southern.

“Three of the players in question have all played more than 50 per cent of their games for St Boswells this season, we know that and the players and supporters who have followed us throughout know that.

“We even have written documentation to back up our case, but nobody seems to be interested in hearing our side of things.”

The committee also determined that the same competition rule had been breached in certain St Boswells matches in RBS East Regional League Division Three and in the RBS East Regional Bowl final. The club were further docked 13 league points, but as they were 27 points clear at the top of their league, will still be promoted into East League Two.

Meanwhile, Melrose Ladies are definitely heading to Cumbernauld on Saturday, where they will take on Murrayfield Wanderers in the Sarah Beaney Cup final. The match takes place on the main pitch at 3.30pm.