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IT WAS a case of job done at Hartreemill on Saturday afternoon as GHA survived a spirited fight back from the home side before going on to secure a morale-boosting bonus point victory.

GHA raced out to a 13 to nil lead as two penalties from full back Scott Lang, followed by a converted try for Alan Auld, and was just reward for a blistering opening 20 minutes.

As the game settled down, Biggar started to gain a foothold and a break from their number 8 on the half way led to an unconverted try just before half time, leaving GHA with a 13 to 5 half time lead.

A lacklustre opening to the second half from the visitors saw them concede a soft try and penalty and the once commanding lead was now a two point deficit.

However, this seemed to reawaken the GHA attack and Andrew Henderson finished off a well worked team score after some relentless phase play allowed him to canter in under the posts.

This was shortly followed by GHA’s third, a driving maul from a five metre lineout saw back row Ryan Jenkins come up with the ball.

GHA controlled the game in the final exchanges and in injury time were awarded for their endeavour when a break from Dominic Dunn was supported by Alan Auld who was on hand to finish off under the posts and cap off GHA’s first win of the campaign.

The bonus point win lifted them off the bottom of the National League with six points from four games so far this season.

GHA Captain Andy Henderson is expecting another tough encounter against Hillhead/Jordanhill.

He said: “Just looking at their results they have had a tough start and played some of the better teams in the league.

“They will have taken a lot of encouragement coming so close to beating Watsonians.

“They have been competitive against the best teams in the league so they will be very tough.

“We played them in the Cup last season so we will know some of their players but we need to improve if we are going to get a win.”

GHA will be looking for their first home win of the new season after suffering heavy defeats against Selkirk and Stewart’s Melville at Braidholm.

Meanwhile Hillhead/Jordanhill will be aiming for their first win of the season after a narrow 27-26 defeat against league leaders Watsonians last time out.

Both sides met in the RBS West Regional Cup last season with GHA coming out on top 33-23 win at home.