Glasgow Accies v GHK 30 March 2019

Tries from Angus Lindsay, Danny Campbell and Fin Callaghan were not enough to prevent GHK from going down to a disappointing defeat to the neighbours over the fence in their last league business of season 2018/19. The absence of a bonus point had GHK supporters checking Twitter for results elsewhere and trying to work out an updated version of the National Two League standings. Thankfully, Lasswade and Whitecraigs failed to register the necessary points and GHK are safe in the second division for next season.

Despite the breeze, it was a cracking day and pitch for rugby. Accies certainly managed to boss territory in the first period. The GHK score came from possibly one of their two visits to the hosts’ twenty two. The home eight provided a noticeable advantage in the set scrum at this point in proceedings and the Accies backs fed off this. Their third score came from a five metre scrum from which the number nine ran laterally and popped the ball to the centre who was over all too easily.

The half time score of 21-8 did not flatter Accies. The bonus point try arrived shortly thereafter with stand out full back Ross Cowan running about seventy metres with barely a hand laid on him. At this point, GHK spirits could only be described a low. However, there was something of a revival in the air. Whether Accies were starting to tire or the tide was turning, who knows?

The GHK cause was aided by a yellow card following a dangerous tackle and another that was the result of multiple penalty offences. Even the scrum situation looked better for GHK with one particular Accies attacking scrum being demolished. The tries from Danny Campbell and Fin Campbell brought it to 28-20 to the home side. Kyle Henderson could not add the extra two points and who knows how the hosts might have reacted were GHK within one score.

As it was, Accies did manage to settle the ship at least a bit although once again, when the decisive score came, it did look as though the middle row try scorer covered a lot of ground unchallenged to reach the whitewash. There was little time and energy for another GHK reply. Final score Accies 33  GHK 20

Well done to Accies. They were worthy winners today and in the last third of the season they have achieved some pretty impressive results and put in some fine performances against sides pushing for the top spots in the league. Encouraging signs indeed.

For GHK, there were some noticeable performances with Angus Lindsay, Hugh Parker, Fraser Christie and Fin Callaghan to the fore. However, standing off the opposition, especially when they have runners like the Accies, is going to create problems. GHK player of the day, the tireless Sir Jeremy Hanks, who despite unconfirmed rumours, will surely be seen wearing the GHK colours again. Well done Big Jez.

Thankfully, GHK’s season ends with League Two status preserved, if only just. Time to reflect, regroup and get ready for another campaign after the summer break. In the meantime there is much golf of variable quality to be played. Enjoy!

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