Gala 21-24 Biggar: Hartreemill men's impressive start in National Division 1 continues

Action from Saturday's match (Pic by Alwyn Johnston)Action from Saturday's match (Pic by Alwyn Johnston)
Action from Saturday's match (Pic by Alwyn Johnston)
Biggar Rugby Club’s impressive start to the season continued with Saturday’s narrow 24-21 success at Gala which puts the Hartreemill team fourth in the table, writes Alistair Stewart.

Things are going swimmingly in Tennent’s National Division 1 just now for newly promoted Biggar, who have 15 points after winning three of their opening four league matches this season in a higher division.Yet Biggar started poorly at Gala, with a great cross kick giving Simon Fairbairn the opportunity to take and cross for the opening try after just one minute.While Keddie missed the conversion and a penalty just minutes later – this a great effort which saw the ball rebound off the upright – he was on target in the 11th minute with a penalty to put his side 8-0 up.But Biggar were back in it when Robbie Orr drew the cover and Mark Bertram crossed for a cracking opening try. Conor Lavery missed the conversion.Then, as Gala stood off a lineout, Sanderson turned and exploited the space by driving over the line for a score which put Biggar ahead at 10-8.The half was not quite over however and an offside gave Keddie the chance to regain the lead for Gala at 11-10.Biggar survived early second half pressure to score a try when Bertramand Rowan Stewart set up Milligan for a brilliant score converted by Conor Lavery.A Keddie penalty then reduced Biggar’s lead to 17-14.Gala then regained the lead through a converted Fairbairn try, putting the hosts 21-17 up with some 25 minutes remaining.Biggar’s winning effort came when Lavery found Orr with a wide pass, the fullback staying strong to carry the ball over the line for a deserved try which the stand off kicked for 24-21.Biggar had to make a late change as Richard Bassett took a nasty cut to his ear and at exactly the same time as Warnock was shown a yellow card for a high tackle.But they held out – surviving a scare as Gala opted to go for a lineout and try rather than the penalty at goal.Biggar host Dundee HSFP in the league this Saturday.

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