Cartha back in form

CARTHA Queen's Park managed to shake off the rust from the extended winter lay off with a fine 22-14 win against Musselburgh,.

The Dumbreck side kept their promotion hopes alive against a team which defeated them at home earlier in the season

Former Ayr scrum-half John McCrossan and converted half-back, now winger, Tam Davidson, were the heroes of the day, weighing in with two tries each.

Davidson managed to bag both in the first half as Cartha continued to spread the ball wide, utilising the youngster's pace, and Cartha were up by ten points to six after the first 40.

Strong forward play provided a platform for McCrossan's ten points in a wet and windy Saturday.

The eight-week break did not make a difference to a steamrolling Whitecraigs side who started where they left off with another win in Premier three.

It wasn't as easy for the West Lodge side as some other games have been this season.

At ten points down before the end of the half, Whitecraigs finally score their first points in almost two months with a converted try from lock Ross Macdonald.

It was more of the same after half time when a break from veteran centre Stewart Magorian set Jamie Christine away for the score.

Iain Laidlaw added another within ten minutes, making the score 15-10.

Showing the endurance of a well drilled Whitecraigs side, a good team move culminated in a try for winger Graeme Fisher.

Commenting on the 22-10 win, head coach Shaw said: "It's the first time in eight weeks that we've had a game, and that was key for us.

"There were a lot of cobwebs still there but hopefully we swept them aside today.

"There were some good performances and I thought the forwards played really well in the conditions".

If GHA's New Year's resolution was to get back to winning ways, then the Braidholm team fell at the first hurdle.

In a visit to Jed-forrest, the local relegation strugglers lost 10-0 in terrible conditions.

Strong performances from hooker Donald Malcolm and full-back Ross McClymont failed to galvanize the remaining 13 as an efficient Jed team sent GHA a step closer to a place in Premier three next season.

On Saturday, Cartha host second place Hamilton in a must win match, Whitecraigs visit Dumfries and GHA visit Stewart's Melville