Armstrong to rescue as Hawick notch first win of season

Hawick pile the pressure on against Stirling County at Mansfield Park on Saturday
Hawick pile the pressure on against Stirling County at Mansfield Park on Saturday

Hawick escaped with a 29-25 victory over a tough Stirling County side on Saturday to finally get themselves off the mark at a damp Mansfield Park.

It wasn’t pretty but that mattered little to the Robbie Dyes who ended their wait for their first BT Premiership win after back-to-back defeats.

First-half scores from Lee Armstrong, Darcy Graham and John Coutts, with Armstrong converting two, helped the Greens take a 19-10 half-time lead. Stirling’s points comprised a penalty and a touchdown.

After the break, all the pace and drive Hawick had shown in the first 40 minutes seemed to disappear, and Stirling took full advantage, stunning the home side with a third-quarter scoring frenzy.

Encamped in Hawick’s 22, the visitors notched a quick eight points via an unconverted touchdown and penalty to reduce Hawick’s led to just a single point. The Robbie Dyes were rattled but somehow managed to survive with their noses just in front before man-of-the-match Armstrong rescued them in the final quarter.

The fly-half chipped over a simple place kick to settle some nerves on 69 minutes and rushed for his second touchdown, which he converted himself, six minutes later to hand the Greens a 29-18 lead heading into the final five minutes.

Stirling concluded the scoring in injury time, adding their fourth try to earn themselves a deserved second bonus point.

Hawick: N. Renwick, D. Graham, R. Hutton, J. Coutts, C. Russell, L. Armstrong, G. Cottrell, S. Muir, R. Graham, N. Little, F. Simpson, C. Charters, S. Graham, R. Scott, K. Davies. Replacements: L. Gibson, W. Blacklock, B. McNeil. S. Goodfellow, S. Anderson.

Full report in Friday’s paper.

Hawick YM continued to blaze a trail through National Reserve League 2, outlasting a tough Currie side in a close 17-12 victory at Mansfield Haugh on Saturday.

A touchdown from Glen Welsh and 12 points from the boot of Kirk Ford, against three scores from the visitors, ended up being enough for YM who are now the only unbeaten side in the division.

Full match report in Friday’s paper.