THE RBS championship A could go down to the final day of the season with GHA and Cartha the only sides left in the running.
GHA secured a crucial bonus point win in the East Renfrewshire derby against Whitecraigs in a tense, error strewn encounter which keeps their promotion hopes alive.
Tries from Dominic Dunn, Andrew Henderson, Grant MacDonald and John Brogan were enough in to secure both the win and a crucial bonus point in GHA’s quest for the league title and the one promotion spot.
As local derbies go, the competition in the tight exchanges was hotly contested and three yellow cards were dished out in the first 40 minutes, two to GHA with second row Ryan Jenkins and centre Hefin O’Hare both spending 10 minutes in the cooler alongside Whitecraigs skipper Ally Stevenson
The result keeps GHA 10 points clear of Cartha, who have two games in hand.
GHA have three weeks off before a likely winner takes all showdown against Cartha on the 23rd March.
In the meantime, Cartha will occupy themselves with clashes against Dunfermline and Dumfries.
GHA Captain Andrew Henderson feels the break could be a disadvantage.
He said: “It is probably not ideal to have such a long break. I don’t know if there will be a friendly organised.
“It would probably be better to keep our momentum going and have a few games before the last game against Cartha.
“However that is way it goes they have a few games left to play and we just have one.
“We will be training hard and work on certain things we need to improve on before the game against Cartha.” Cartha kept themselves in the running with a 38-30 win against stuffy Ayrshire side Ardrossan. Tomorrow (Saturday), seventh placed Whitecraigs visit bottom dwellers Dalziel in a match re-scheduled from December.
Also this weekend, Cartha host Dunfermline. Both kick-offs are at 3pm.