A rude awakening

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IT DID not take long for GHA to realise life in the national league may be tougher they anticipated.

A 44-0 loss to Stewart’s Melville was a rude awakening for a Braidholm side, who struggled with a back row ravaged by injuries.

GHA face Peebles at The Gytes this Saturday.

Club captain Andy Henderson, a former Scotland captain, still believes his side can rally together and compete in the national league.

He told ExtraSport: “We have to get better and put in a better performance than we did against Stewart’s Melville.

“I would think if we could get back to that level we were playing at the end of last season we would be more competitive in this league.

“However it is definitely a step up as we are playing against better teams. We have lost some good players and we have some good players who are out injured.

“I think it is tricky to set goals but we will have to wait and see.

“All our focus is on this weekend.”

On Saturday, Championship A kicks off, with both Whitecraigs and Cartha beginning their league campaign with strong promotion aspirations.

Cartha travel to Milngavie to face West of Scotland while Greenock Wanderers travel to Whitecraigs.

All Saturday’s games kick off at 3pm.