New year, new battles

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GHA will be hoping to kick off the New Year on a high as the face a crucial league clash against Greenock Wanderers at Fort Matilda.

The Braidholm side could go top of Championship League A if they win on Saturday and top of the table if Falkirk lose to fellow title challengers Cartha Queen’s Park.

They will be hoping to maintain their current good form which has seen them win six of their last seven games.

GHA head coach Gordon MacPherson is expecting a stern test on Saturday.

He said: “They are a good side and we struggled against them in the first game.

“They had us on the rack and we basically came away in the last minute with a score to win it.

“But I think we have improved as a team since then so hopefully we will pick up on their attacking threat.

“They played quite a quick game the last time we played them and they looked to move the ball from the lineout out wide very quickly.

“That caught us on the hop a little bit. So we are hoping to improve from the last performance against them.”

The last time both sides met back in September GHA came from 27-13 down with just 15 minutes left to level things up at 27 all.

Then in added on time the Southsiders nicked the victory through a last gasp try from Jamie Auld to seal one of the most dramatic victories in GHA’s history.

Head Coach Gordon MacPherson believes a defeat to Greenock on Saturday would be a huge blow to his side’s promotion ambitions.

He said: “Our defence has improved since the first game against Greenock. And we are pretty much at full strength.

“We have a lot to play for in terms of maintaining a healthy position in the league.

“Our players are going to be really up for this and look to come away with a victory.

“I think it is vital for our aspirations this year. If we are looking to get promoted which is obviously the team goal we really need to start the year on a good note.

“And we probably need to win all our remaining games to gain promotion. To lose to Greenock would be a really bad setback.”