Melrose beat second placed Ayr in the BT Premiership top-of-the-table clash to extend their lead at the top to five points following a 27-10 victory. Austin Lockington, Ruairi McLeod and Russell Anderson scored Melrose’s three tries. At the other end of the table more misery for Gala and Hawick. Both contested close matches but came away with just a single losing bonus point each. the two Borders teams have 22 points, but crucially are now four points adrift of Watsonians, with Boroughmuir (who beat Hawick 26-21) now up to 27 points in seventh and Stirling (who won at Netherdale 29-22) in sixth on 29. With games running out, it’s looking more like at least one Borders team will end up in the bottom two with one automatic relegation spot and one play-off spot beckoning. To avoid this both the Maroons and the Greens have three weeks over Christmas to regroup, and with the fact that they have local matches to play while other teams outwith the Borders rest, could pay dividends as they look to come out fighting again on January 14th when the top flight club league continues.
Meanwhile in BTNL1 Jedforest came away from Raeburn Place with nothing. Edinburgh Accies got the win they craved following their loss last week at Marr, and that puts them back in the hunt as they go above Jed into second place with a bonus point and revenge for their only other defeat this season at Riverside Park. It ended 32-21 and you can see highlights here. Selkirk turned round a 60 point defeat earlier in the season at Dundee to beat the Taysiders 27-10 and that’s a result which puts them 5th in the table.
In National 2 and 3 all the local teams won. Kelso beat Biggar 31-17 to stay top in NL2, Peebles scored a terrific victory against promotion contenders GHK 32-10 to go up to third, and in Division 3 St Boswells are now second in the table after a 33-15 win at home to Perthshire.
In East League 2 there were wins for Langholm and Hawick Linden.