Cartha leapfrog rest

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THE perfect season for southside rugby clubs came to an end on Saturday when GHA fell to Ardrossan and Whitecraigs only just managed to salvage a draw against Greenock.

Meanwhile, Cartha climbed to the top of the league with 19 points from a potential 20, after a win away to Dunfermline.

Full backs Johnny Manning and Scott Swankie traded scores in the opening five minutes before Andy Crozier’s try and the resulting conversion put Cartha 12-5 ahead after ten minutes.

Dunfermline edged closer with a penalty before Waynes Burrows and Iain Cooke created a bit of separation with a try each to make the score 24-8.

Crozier scored Cartha’s fifth and his second try before half time, which Wayne Burrows converted.

After the break, Dunfermline scored their second but Tom Hines scored a try from an interception and Nicol Smiley soon got himself on the scoresheet (Wayne Burrows added the extras each time) to secure the 45-13 win.

Whitecraigs drew 20-20 at Fort Matilda, thanks to a last minute try from Blair Jardine and a nailbiting conversion from Moffat.

Greenock claimed a penalty and a try to Ryan Moffat’s penalty to make the score 8-3, however, Craigs went 13-8 ahead when Moffat converted from Craig Ferguson’s try and then added a further penalty.

The home side drew back on level with a try before excellent backs play put them in the lead with ten minutes remaining.

After a Greenock centre was sent to the sinbin for persistent offending, Craigs made the most of their one man advantage to secure the draw.

A depleted GHA side had a number of chances early on and finally broke their duck when Rangi Jericevich capitalised on being on Andrew Gilman’s shoulder to score in the corner. Rangi’s brother, Tane converted.

Ardrossan took advantage of poor GHA tackling to draw level soon after. Several chances went begging before the half and the Braidholm side were down 10-7 at the half. 
A five metre scrum for Ardrossan resulted in a neat try which put them ahead 15-7. GHA were back within a point when Tane Jericevich broke through for a score, which he then converted.

However, five minutes from the end, Rangi Jericevich and Hefin O’Hare clashed in mid-air while fielding a high ball with Jericevich landing awkwardly and being forced from the field. In the ensuing melee, Ardrossan got their bonus point score.

Next week, Dumfries visit West Lodge to face Whitecraigs. Cartha host Falkirk and GHA welcome Greenock Wanderers. Kick off for all three games is 3pm.