GHA ready for derby day clash

GHA will look to maintain their promotion push as they face local rivals Whitecraigs in their final home game of the season.

The Braidholm side will go into their local clash full of confidence after a crucial victory away to Falkirk last weekend.

They are now just two wins away from gaining promotion to the National League.

GHA Head Coach Gordon MacPherson feels they will have to play better than they did last
weekend if they want to keep their promotion hopes on track.

He said: “Whitecraigs had a close game last week against Cartha Queen’s Park and we know
how good Cartha are.

“Again it will be a tough test and we will probably have to play a little bit better than we did
yesterday in terms of getting some cleaner ball, quicker ball and play to the pattern that we have been playing to.

“Whitecraigs will provide a real test and they showed last week that they are still a good team.”

Last weekend’s 21-17 victory for GHA all but ended Falkirk’s hopes for promotion leaving GHA and local rivals Cartha Queen’s Park to fight it out for the title.

The Braidholm side are 10 points clear but Cartha have two games in hand.

GHA Head Coach Gordon MacPherson is treating this weekend’s match against Whitecraigs as a semi-final ahead of a potential grand final winner takes all showdown against Cartha.

He said: “It could come down to the last game of the season in a winner takes all which will be exciting if it gets to that stage.

“First and foremost we have to make sure we take care of our side of things. We have got one
game to go before a grand final. That’s the way we are treating it.

“It is a semi-final for us this weekend and then the final in a few weeks time. It is between Cartha and us to win the league so it is going to be exciting especially being local rivals.

“We won’t look beyond Whitecraigs because it would be premature and disrespectful if we
started looking too far ahead.

“For the last couple of months we have taken one game at a time.

“We are lucky to be in this position in some respects when we didn’t have a great start to the
season and had a couple of guys unavailable on top of some injuries.

“The style of game we have been playing, scoring a lot of tries, has kept us in the running
with the amount of bonus points that we have got.”

Kick Off on Saturday is back to the more familiar time of 3pm. 

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