Hawick PSA 17
Langholm Colts 17
Confidence was high that the Burnfoot boys could get their first win of the season, but it was not to be and they had to settle for a hard-fought draw.
PSA started well straight from the kick off and Jason Scott went on a great run with only good Langholm defence stopping him from scoring.
It was all PSA and it looked as if a try was inevitable but a combination of good Langholm defence and poor Hawick execution meant the match remained 0-0. And for all the PSA pressure it looked as if the visitors had scored first but a brilliant last ditch tackle from full-back Nathanial Jones denied them a try.
Eventually PSA did open their account, Scott driving over from close range, with Kieran Murphy adding the conversion. With half-time approaching, Langholm pressure yielded a penalty which they kicked to reduce the deficit to 7-3 at the break.
Slack PSA defending then let Langholm in for a try under the posts, and they sailed further ahead by running the length of the field for a second try to take a 17-7 lead.
But PSA regrouped and with 10 minutes to go PSA captain Bryan Hall made a break only to be held up over the line and Langholm cleared. But when given a similar opportunity minutes later, Hall made no mistake. The kick went wide b ut PSA were right back in it at 12-17 behind.
Then from the restart the strangest try seen for a long time when the Langholm restart didn’t carry ten metres. Everyone stopped except Liam Sharkey, who fly-hacked the ball towards the Langholm try-line, but with the line beckoning he lost control. However, the ball bounced up into the arms of PSA’s Macauley Parker who touched down to level the scores, with the conversion going wide.
A draw was probably a fair result although PSA started the game well and if they had scored early on would probably have gone on to win.
There is lots for the coaches to work on, but the boys’ commitment and attitude, as well as the leadership from captain Bryan Hall, were all fantastic.