YM lose out

Howe of Fife 37

Hawick YM 13


POOR tackling contributed to Hawick YM’s first league defeat in almost 12 months.

Howe of Fife won Premier Three last season at a canter and only missed out on promotion because of the league reconstruction, so the YM were under no illusions that this was going to be a stern test for their new-look squad.

It was clear from the outset that Howe were intent on playing a wide attacking game and on seven minutes some weak Teri tackling allowed winger Stephen Martin to dot down.

Matt Douglas slotted over a penalty, but Graham Hogg was then harshly yellow-carded and Howe stand-off Dominic Martin slotted the resultant penalty between the sticks.

Martin and Douglas traded kicks to make the score 11-6 before John Coutts finished off a great team try to leave YM two points ahead at the break.

However, Howe managed to score 12 match-winning points in a remarkable three-minute spell at the start of the second half as centre Girvin Imrie grabbed two tries.

After substitute Liam Lawrence was sin-binned for a spear tackle, Howe scored two further tries, but YM will play worse this season and get better rewards for their efforts.