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Highland went down fighting at Melrose says head coach


By Andrew Henderson


Highland head coach Dave Carson was pleased to see his side keep fighting down at Melrose last weekend – even after the game fell out of sight early in the second half at The Greenyards in a 31–14 loss.

Highland v Stirling Wolves..Lewis Sinclair drives for the line...Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No..
Highland v Stirling Wolves..Lewis Sinclair drives for the line...Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No..

Approaching half time, there were only three points separating the teams, only for a yellow card to prove costly.

Melrose – keen to return to form after suffering a heavy loss at the hands of Cartha Queens Park – would stretch into a lead, but even after hopes of a win deserted Highland, they were still trying to find a way to claw themselves back into contention.

“It’s never good to get a team off the back of a heavy defeat, and so it proved,” Carson admitted.

“We were down a man, and they got a couple of tries at the start of the second half.

“It was a bit of an uphill struggle from there to be honest.

“We had three or four chances to score and the ball just didn’t stick. We knocked a couple on when we were through on line, we never stopped which was fantastic to see.

“It was the normal team spirit of this side, we scored two tries in the last 10 minutes and we were going for another couple. We got over the line with one and dropped it, pushing for even a losing bonus point, but it wasn’t to be on the day.”

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