Friday 21 December 2012

Melrose at Greenyards - KICK OFF NOW 1.30

Games don't come much bigger than Saturday's visit to Melrose for Accies. The last Premiership game of 2013 against one of Scotland's best, who have just come from back to back games against the 'all professional' English Championship team, Nottingham.

Melrose are one place above Accies in the Premiership, on 33 points against our 26 - having won 6 from 12 to our 4 from 11. In the game at Raeburn Place earlier in the season, Accies lost 12-22, though Accies were leading for most of the game untill they lost concentration and let Melrose in twice.

Melrose have lost to Heriots, Ayr, Stirling and Gala at home this season - lets add Accies to that list!

This week Accies have been 'allocated' three Professional players from Edinburgh - as is the Club's policy, they start any Pros made available to them. One of the players is Dimitri Basilaia - who has 21 caps for Georgia - and his debut forthe Club, he certinly becomes the first Georgian to play for Accies. Alex Black, Alex Allan and Lewis Niven are all welcomed back for the weekend. The rest of the squad is pretty settled, Iain Berthinussen replaces the injured Ewen Campbell and Dan Teague moves into the 2nd Row in the absence of Greg Campbell.

Accies team to play Melrose is - 15 Ruairidh Young; 14 Matt Coupar, 13 Iain Berthinussen, 12 Ruairidh Bonner, 11 Nyle Godsmark; 10 Euan Bonner. 9 Alex Black; 1 Alex Allan, 2 Michael Liness, 3 Lewis Niven, 4 Dan Teague, 5 Tom Drennan; 6 Dimitri Basilaia, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Callum Reid.

Replacements 16 Fraser Rawlinson, 17 Chris Murray, 18 Andrew Findlater, 19 Jonny Adams, 20 Alex Blair.

Simon Cross said; 'We have had two fairly close games against Melrose in the last couple of seasons and it will be a measure of this group to see if they can finally cross the line and win against the Champions. I was incredibly disappointed with the last 25mins of our game at Raeburn, we switched off and allowed Melrose to take control. We will need to be at our best for 80mins this weekend, it’s a challenge that we are all looking forward to getting stuck in to.'

It's one of those key weekends for the Premiership, with Dundee, Boroughmuir, Aberdeen and Stirling - all below Accies in the League - playing the top three sides and Heriots (who are level with us). Nail biting (no pun!) times!!

There is no 2XV game this week but the U20s try to get a game against Boroughmuir 3rds at Meggetland, kick off 2pm. The U20s have not played since 3rd October at Haddington - if the rain doesn't relent, being on a Council pitch and near Christmas, the trigger happy 'Council ground cancelling brigade' could be ready to strike!

The U20s re third in their league 7 points ahead of Boroughmuir, having played 2 games less.

The BATs U18s will play Portobello U18s at Raeburn Place, kick off 11am.


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