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HILLHEAD JORDANHILL 13 LASSWADE 19

A solid if slightly nail-biting win with the bonus try frustratingly close.


By Richard Payne.

With seven wins (including away to Ardrossan) and a home draw (against Berwick) from fourteen, Hillhead were sitting plumb in the middle of the table like a banana skin for any visiting team.

Lasswade needed to dig further into its playing strength this week but none of the call-ups were debutants.

Fair weather overhead and a reasonably firm pitch promised some open rugby and both sides did not disappoint. The “opening exchanges” lasted all of the first quarter as ply swung from end to end gains. With the clock ticking into the second quarter Harte opened Hills’ account by punishing and offside at a ruck.

Just 5 minutes later Lasswade strung together a series of rucks before swing the ball wide out left and Hall found a gap to break down the wing and when about to be stopped, Gladstone was on his shoulder to take the offload and run in the last 20 metres to the posts for a straightforward Smith conversion.

Lasswade stayed slightly on top in the territorial and tactical departments and a few minutes past the half hour earned a short range penalty. A quick tap and go to Robertson, whom Hills had already found difficult to stop, who barrelled through the defence line to set up a converted try.

Hillhead replied with an assault on the visitors 22 but gave away an interception and Morris took the offload to win the 60 metre race to the corner and for once Smith’s conversion drifted wide.

3-19 looked like being the half-time score but another series of recycling rucks put Hills’ within striking distance and Scott picked a good angle to cross over but too far out for their kicker leaving the score at 8-19

Hills made the livelier start to the second period and within 5 minutes Harte touched down to narrow the gap to a perilously close 6 points.

With the twin incentives off making the game safe and earning a try bonus, Lasswade turned up the heat and twice looked to have scored in the corner only for it to be chalked off because of brush with the touchline on the way in.

Hills’ had their own chances but the Lasswade defence stayed solid.

It was some relief to all from Midlothian when the final whistle blew mixed with disappointment about the elusive bonus try.

Lasswade stay in third place but now just one point behind Ardrossan and eight points behind Berwick who have played one more game.

The Six Nations fills this weekend and Lasswade’s next fixture is a trip to West of Scotland on 15 February. Kick-off now back to 3pm.

National League Cup Quarter Final – Sat 3pm

This Saturday we host Peebles 1st XV in the National League Cup Quarter Final with a 3pm kick off.

We will be hosting our pre match lunch. £20 a ticket with 3 courses and entry to the game. 1pm meet for a 1:30pm seat.

Message the page or speak to Billy Knowles if you fancy a ticket.

A whole team performance sends Wanderers home empty-handed


To kick off the second half of the League programme, this was a proverbial eight-pointer game. Wanderers travelled to Hawthornden as League leaders and nine points clear of Lasswade albeit partly due to having played one more game. A simple win would stretch that to 13 points while a home win would keep Greenock, and promotion, well within reach.

This was the third East-West confrontation this season, Wanderers having taken the away League leg 26-17 in September but Lasswade evened this up with 12-33 victory in the Cup the following month. One certain outcome from the day was a hard-fought and close but not necessarily pretty contest. The weather did not co-operate with a strong chill breeze down the pitch and steady icy rain that started minutes before kick-off and only eased off as no-side approached.

Starting with the wind and weather at their backs, Lasswade got off to flying start when the kick-off found touch on the Greenock 5 metre line. A Greenock infringement at the lineout gave Robertson the opportunity of a quick tap and drive over the line and Matt Smith judged the wind perfectly to make it 7-0 with less than 2 minutes elapsed.

Lasswade pressed home their opening advantage and on the quarter hour Matt Smith added 3 points when most of the Greenock side were offside after a failed clearance to touch by their full-back.

From this point Greenock pulled themselves together and several times drove up the park against the elements but each time fell short of the line. On the half hour they got close enough for Keiran Smith to take back three points.

Lasswade came close to the Greenock line a couple of times in the reminder of the half and Matt Smith was given two long range shots at the goal but one hit the post and the other fell just short and wide.

The home support would have wanted a bigger margin than 10-3 as their side turned to face the elements particularly given the threats posed by Wanderers in the first forty.

Whatever was said in the half time dressing room, the hosts came out with all guns blazing and upped their game to not just keep Greenock at bay to pose the greater threat of scoring.

Six minutes into the half they were close enough for Matt Smith to add another 3 points when a Greenock player failed to release the ball in a tackle.

Just ten minutes later a penalty set up a close range lineout and Greig emerged from the driving maul to crash over the line.

Using the wind for initial territory, Greenock piled on the pressure for much of the last 25 minutes but the home fifteen defended doggedly led by the example of their captain and man of the match Stephen Hunter.

When Keiran Smith finally crashed over under the Lasswade crossbar it was too late even with a quickly taken drop goal conversion which proved to be the last play of the match.

After a disastrous previous season, Lasswade have clearly learned again how to win matches and in what is still at least a five horse race for the two promotion spots, sending Greenock home completely empty-handed may well prove significant later.

For the last game before the Christmas break, Lasswade host Perthshire who have just one win from eleven games and are one from the bottom of the Division. Kick-off 2pm.

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Ladies Day 2020 – POSTPONED

Sadly, after some consideration we have decided to postpone Ladies Day due to variables out with our control – particularly the ongoing affect of coronavirus on sport and gatherings.

LD will now be held on 25 April, when Lasswade play Caithness on the last day of the season. We felt that this gives enough time to be clear of the manky weather and hopefully the virus situation.

We appreciate this may not suit everyone who has committed already but seems the sensible option at the moment.

Any tickets purchased will be valid on 25 April and hope everyone can join us then.

Thanks, Gayle.

HILLHEAD JORDANHILL 13 LASSWADE 19

A solid if slightly nail-biting win with the bonus try frustratingly close.


By Richard Payne.

With seven wins (including away to Ardrossan) and a home draw (against Berwick) from fourteen, Hillhead were sitting plumb in the middle of the table like a banana skin for any visiting team.

Lasswade needed to dig further into its playing strength this week but none of the call-ups were debutants.

Fair weather overhead and a reasonably firm pitch promised some open rugby and both sides did not disappoint. The “opening exchanges” lasted all of the first quarter as ply swung from end to end gains. With the clock ticking into the second quarter Harte opened Hills’ account by punishing and offside at a ruck.

Just 5 minutes later Lasswade strung together a series of rucks before swing the ball wide out left and Hall found a gap to break down the wing and when about to be stopped, Gladstone was on his shoulder to take the offload and run in the last 20 metres to the posts for a straightforward Smith conversion.

Lasswade stayed slightly on top in the territorial and tactical departments and a few minutes past the half hour earned a short range penalty. A quick tap and go to Robertson, whom Hills had already found difficult to stop, who barrelled through the defence line to set up a converted try.

Hillhead replied with an assault on the visitors 22 but gave away an interception and Morris took the offload to win the 60 metre race to the corner and for once Smith’s conversion drifted wide.

3-19 looked like being the half-time score but another series of recycling rucks put Hills’ within striking distance and Scott picked a good angle to cross over but too far out for their kicker leaving the score at 8-19

Hills made the livelier start to the second period and within 5 minutes Harte touched down to narrow the gap to a perilously close 6 points.

With the twin incentives off making the game safe and earning a try bonus, Lasswade turned up the heat and twice looked to have scored in the corner only for it to be chalked off because of brush with the touchline on the way in.

Hills’ had their own chances but the Lasswade defence stayed solid.

It was some relief to all from Midlothian when the final whistle blew mixed with disappointment about the elusive bonus try.

Lasswade stay in third place but now just one point behind Ardrossan and eight points behind Berwick who have played one more game.

The Six Nations fills this weekend and Lasswade’s next fixture is a trip to West of Scotland on 15 February. Kick-off now back to 3pm.

S1-S3 SKILLS CAMP 2019

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