Substitute Little is GHK's saviour

VETERAN scrum-half Cameron Little became a GHK hero, coming off the bench to score two late tries to help them to a 34-29 victory over Crieff yesterday. Despite Crieff's early lead, it was GHK who enjoyed most of the possession and territory as they scored two tries and looked better than the half-time scoreline of 15-15 suggested.

Crieff opened the scoring in the first half with a penetrating run through the centre of GHK's defence by stand-off, David Lyle. They started the second half in a similar vein, Lyle again breaking the line before playing a lovely cross-field pass to centre Adam Lambert to give Crieff a 22-15 advantage.

Crieff's third try, against the run of play in the 65th minute following a dreadfully sliced clearance by Little that flew straight into the hands of flanker Duncan Clow who punished the mistake. But, with 15 minutes to go, Crieff's lead evaporated thanks to a gutsy ten-minute spell by GHK, which saw man of the match Little score twice with Mark Oatey grabbing the final touchdown to secure a close but deserved victory.

GHK: S Hunter; J Shannon, D Hoffmann, D Whyte, A McTavish; J Millan, G Rand (C Little 51); A Forbes, J Lohoar, R Welsh (C Ratcliffe 55), M Gribben, N Cram, C Donald, P Broadbent, J MacKinnon.

Crieff & Strathearn: C Wishart; S Guntley, A Lambert, J Coffey, A Murdoch; D Lyle, K Butler; R Coventry, A Webster, C Gordon (P Cook 20), N Ramsay, J Alsop, D Clow, C Kennedy, J Hill.

Scorers: GHK - Tries: Hunter, Hoffmann, Little (2), Oatey. Cons: Millan (3). Pens: Millan. Crieff & Strathearn - Tries: Lyle, Murdoch, Lambert, Clow. Cons: Clow (3). Pens: Clow.

Referee: A McMenemy