PL v GHK 8 September 2018
The first road trip of the season saw GHK head east to take on Preston Lodge. Although it was only the second league fixture, already the GHK squad strength in depth was being put to the test as Saturday’s match day line up showed half a dozen changes due to injury and general unavailability.
The above paragraph was actually written in advance of the game with PL. A result of 56-19 in favour of the home side would tend to suggest that GHK had indeed failed the squad depth strength test, but in truth that was only half of the answer as to how/why GHK suffered such a brutal going over. It was probably the flattest performance from a GHK senior XV for quite some time. If that was Dr Jekyll, it is to be hoped that Mr Hyde will be back on the field next Saturday when it will be every bit as challenging against Highland in Inverness.
Credit to PL who played some smart, aggressive rugby and capitalised ruthlessly on GHK hesitation. They seemed to sense the weaknesses in the visitors’ game plan and directed their own attacking efforts appropriately making hay in the East Lothian sunshine. For most of the match it was traffic of the one way variety. PL also played the referee much more smartly than GHK. It seemed that most close calls (and a few not terribly close ones) went against GHK, but that tends always to be the view of life through the lens of someone who is supporting the team taking a battering. There were a few inconsistencies however.
The GHK try scorers were Danny Campbell, David Sim (on debut) and Kyle Henderson. GHK had got themselves back in to it at 21-7 and had they turned round at that it might have been a closer encounter. However, PL scored from a five metre scrum just before the break when it looked clear to all that the home number nine had knocked on at least once at the back of the scrum. It was a frustrating day all round.
Matt Chan was voted GHK player of the day by the opposition. Blair Forsyth also stuck to it manfully. We’ll go with the PL vote for our GHK man of the match – well done Matt. Better days ahead surely.
As mentioned above, Highland away next week. There will be a bus. There will be spaces. Shout out if you are interested.