It was a disappointing visit to Braidholm for Hamilton 2XV as they were comprehensively beaten 43-7 by GHA. Hamilton were going into this match with confidence having beaten Watsonians in their last outing. However, from the first whistle this was soon forgotten as GHA dominated the match from start to finish.
GHA opened the scoring in under 10 minutes as they moved the ball purposely around the pitch dragging the Hamilton defence out of position. Eventually Hamilton just ran out of tacklers and gifted GHA a simple overlap that enabled the winger to score in the corner. 5-0
Hamilton responded well with a nice passage of play and moving themselves into the GHA half and drawing a penalty. Some indecision at this point resulted in a ‘not so quick’ tap being taken and then knocked on handing the possession straight back to the oppositions. From the scrum inside the GHA half the number 8 picked up the ball and evaded a few tackles before moving the ball wide for the support to finish off the move in the corner. A catalogue of missed tackles from Hamilton was punished from a position on the field that posed little threat. This proved to be the general theme of the day.
Hamilton were punished even more severely when GHA run in two intercepted tries before the end of the half which took the score to 26-0 leaving Hamilton with a mountain to climb in the second half.
Hamilton eventually managed to get themselves on the score sheet as the forwards executed an excellent lineout and drive inside the GHA 22. As the ball was moved to the backs GHA were just a bit too eager to press and were pinged for offside. Some quick thinking form young scrum half Scott Mitchell resulted in a try as he took a quick tap showing a good bit of strength and determination breaking over the line to score his first senior try. Russell Virtue who had been kicking well from hand added the extra 2 points for 26-7.
Unfortunately, Hamilton did build from this and shipped another 3 tries before the final whistle ended the match at 43-7.
Hamilton will need to pick themselves up quickly from this slip up as Lanarkshire rivals Dalziel visit Laigh Bent on Saturday.