GHA RFC MATCH 86: GHA RFC 21 – 15 GALA RFC
2005/2006: Scottish Premiership Two
|G. Maclure||15||S. D’Agrosa|
|R. Watson||14||C. Dalgleish|
|R. West||13||S. Nichol|
|A. Bulloch||12||S. Chapman|
|N. Cassie||11||C. Lawson|
|M. Dunn||10||A. McLean|
|A. Boag||9||J. Berry|
|W. Falconer||1||M. Christie|
|D. Ziolo||2||L. Roden|
|C. Mason||3||J. McEntee|
|G. Harkness||4||A. Ballantyne|
|A. Williamson||5||J. Anderson|
|L. Hazelton||6||G. Bryce|
|J. Fitzpatrick||7||T. Weir|
|Forrester, Maclure, Rushforth||Try||Berry, C. Dalgleish|
The last time these two met at Netherdale, Gala came out on top with a convincing 30-15 win, and were looking for a similar result at Braidholm to keep them in the top five of BT Premiership Two.
It was not to be as a late surge by GHA denied Gala the points and saw them drop from fifth to sixth spot int he table. Andy McLean opened the scoring with a penalty in five minutes but an Alan Bulloch break in the sixteenth minute put Calum forrester in for a try to give the home side the lead. GHA guddled scrum ball and Chris Dalgleish needed no second asking to scamper away from the halfway line for the try but Martin Dunn’s penalty levelled the scores going into the break.
GHA took the lead in the 55th minute when a lineout drive was halted clsoe to the Gala line, but the ball was whipped out wide for Gareth Maclure to put wing Andy Rushforth over. Gala then turned the screw and with 10 minutes left, Jackson Berry went over from a close range scrum. McLean’s conversion giving Gala a 15-13 lead.
In a frantic final spell Andy Williamson pinched a Gala throw and the home side surged into the visitors 22. Forrester had a bash into the heart of the defence and full back Maclure swept in on the blindside for the try.
The drama was not yet over, McLean’s chance to level the score with a penalty drifting wide, then deep in injury time, GHA opted for the safety of four points rather than a bonus point win when Dunn slotted a drop goal to send Gala home with the scant consolation of a losing bonus.
Source: The Borders Telegraph, Wednesday 18th January 2006