Premiership takeaways from Saturday 26th November

Musselburgh pushed Hawick all the way but came up short, while Edinburgh Accies and Glasgow Hawks got revenge on Currie Chieftains and GHA respectively

GHA's Luca Bardelli tries to escape the attention of Glasgow Hawks' James Pinkerton. Image:Joyce Robinson


  • A nine-point lead evaporated in the final 10 minutes at Raeburn Place, leaving Currie Chieftains head coach Mark Cairns ruing his team’s failure to capitalise on the chances they’d had to put themselves out of sight earlier in the contest. The Malleny men are, however, still within striking distance of the league leaders, who they face at Mansfield in the penultimate round of matches.


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  • Revenge is a dish best served lukewarm, but Glasgow Hawks head coach Andy Hill insists that the five valuable league points on offer was the real focus for his team in their re-match against GHA at Braidholm following last weekend’s loss to the same opposition at Balgray – and his players got much closer to an 80-minute performance than they had previously managed this season, which bodes well for the run-in.


  • The Marr revival continues with old heads such as Colin Sturgeon, the Bickerstaffs and Gordie Reid to the fore in a bonus point win on the road against Heriot’s Blues, but there’s no room for any more slip-ups with a home match against always tricky GHA on the agenda next weekend.



  • Groundhog Day for Phil Smith as he watched his Heriot’s Blues team once again impress during the first half then fall away in the second, which was perhaps understandable at the start of the campaign when they were the new boys in this league, but is less tolerable now that we are in the second half of the season. That said, a bonus-point keeps the Goldenacre men clear of danger, for the time being at least. Next up Currie Chieftains away and they’ll need more possession at Malleny than they managed in the second half against Marr to cause an upset.


  • An improved performance for Jed-Forest at home to Selkirk but nothing to show for it, apart from a small confidence boost ahead of next weekend’s trip to Balgray to take on Glasgow Hawks.


  • If Musselburgh are going down, it will be kicking and screaming. Time for them to take some of their home form onto the road when they visit Philiphaugh next weekend, because the target has to be to get something – even just a bonus point – out of every game they have left. If they manage that then the pressure will build on Jed and Heriot’s Blues, who both still have to visit Stoneyhill before the end of the campaign.

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