Borders Semi-Junior League
HAWICK Wanderers secured their third win on the bounce in Berwickshire.
After early pressure from the hosts, the Wands took the game by the scruff of the neck with a forward drive upfield. Duns conceded a couple of penalties and Jack McColm kicked the visitors ahead.
Midway through the half, Hamish Murray collected the ball and hopped past several defenders with a tremendous run. It looked like he was held up short, but he burrowed his way forward and the referee awarded the try. McColm added the extras.
Right on half time the Wands increased their lead. With some scrappy passing by Duns, Rory Graham pounced on the ball and fed Lewis Anderson who sprinted into the corner.
The visitors kept up the pressure in the second half, but were unable to find the killer touch.
With Duns conceding several penalties, the referee yellow-carded their substitute prop. This only served to galvanise the home side with Hawick having to reduce their numbers in the scrum, giving Duns an advantage in weight and strength.
But Andrew Burney made a scything run up the line and the ball was pulled across field for Sam Bandeen to go over.
With the game drawing to a close, Duns had their best spell of the half but the stubborn Wands defence kept them out.
A counter attack fired Hawick upfield and with Duns under pressure their captain was sent off for throwing punches.
With the extra-man advantage, Jordan Hyslop then scored his first Wands try.
n TOMORROW sees the Wands at Jed-Thistle (kick off 2pm). Departure time on noticeboard. Bus sponsor: JRW Accountants.
n the Wands’ pig racing night takes place on Saturday, November 26, at the Volunteer. Tickets (£5) from committee.
HAWICK PSA were rewarded for their efforts on the training field with a well-deserved win over Kelso Quins.
The match kicked off with both sides looking for weaknesses in their opponents, but this week the PSA were making their first-time tackles and their confidence was starting to grow. From a ruck, Ross Graham made a break, the ball was recycled and captain Sean Fairbairn went under the posts. Kirk Ford slotted the conversion.
The PSA were playing a high-tempo game that Kelso were struggling to live with, but then against the run of play, the Kelso stand-off intercepted a loose pass to score.
From the restart, the PSA forwards regained possession and after a few phases the ball was passed along the back line and Ford went in for a try and added the extras.
Although they were denied any further scores before the interval, this was already the PSA’s best performance of the season. And only five minutes into the second half Glen Welsh wriggled in for try number three, although this time the conversion went wide.
The PSA forwards were using the pick-and-go to great effect, and with the backs running hard and straight, winger Cammy Friell then went close, when being bundled into touch inches short of the try line. The PSA were still hungry for more, and it was Robbie McFarlane’s turn to score after quick ruck ball saw him dummying to pass for a try, which was converted.
Kelso rallied briefly, but were unable to score any points, and Graham went in for PSA’s fifth on the stroke of full time.