Boroughmuir snatched a remarkable victory built on guts and perseverance that ended a seven match losing run and offered a glimpse of the character coursing through the Meggetland squad.
ome coach Bruce Aitchison hailed the efforts of his men, who bounced back after being on the ropes at half-time.
He said: “In the second half, not one player looked like he was doing it for himself – they were doing it for the boys in the team. They stuck to their task, played for the team in ridiculous conditions and absolutely deserved it.”
Melrose dominated the early proceedings and it said much for the quality of the home defence that the Borderers were restricted to a successful penalty by Joe Helps in the opening ten minutes.
The Melrose superiority at the set piece formed the foundation for wave after wave of attacks. That base yielded their first try of the afternoon when they won a lineout inside the home 22 and the ensuing drive allowed Lewis Carmichael to touch down. The simple but highly effective game plan ensured the hosts remained on the back foot for the rest of the half and Melrose claimed a second try when Andrew Nagel raced into the danger zone.
The ball was shipped wide to Fraser Thomson who sliced through the stretched cover and touched down in the corner.
Helps banged over the conversion then completed the first half scoring with a penalty that sent Melrose in at the break with an 18-0 lead. The visitors restarted well and it took a crunching last ditch tackle by Robbie Smith to prevent Helps from extending their advantage.
After surviving another spell on the back foot, the game started to turn in the home side’s favour. A breakout by Mark Hare was continued by Ed Farquharson who sent Jordan Edmund in for the score.
The winger then capped a spell of pressure when he touched down for a second time and David Reekie’s conversion trimmed the deficit to six points with ten minutes to play, sparking a spell of relentless Boroughmuir pressure.
Melrose did well to resist but the defence was creaking and yellow cards for Gary Holborn and Jamie Bhatti left the visitors short handed.
That proved crucial as Karl Furey forced his way over with the final play and Reekie calmly slotted the conversion to complete an incredible fightback.