Glasgow Academicals 18, Musselburgh 35.

THERE was a quiet satisfaction among the Musselburgh travellers as

they headed back east having comprehensively turned over Glasgow

Academicals, among their closest league rivals until teatime on


While no one making the journey from New Anniesland was in any doubt

that the show ain't over 'til the fat lady sings, they were at least

following a team comfortably on top of Division Two of the McEwan's

National League and tantalisingly close to a return to the top flight

after an absence of five seasons.

There can be little doubt on perusing their results and viewing this

performance, that the Stoneyhill outfit thoroughly deserve their

position atop one of the toughest league divisions of them all.

They boast a fiery pack, swift half backs in Fraser MacMillan and

Cliff Livingstone, and both midfield and wing three quarters are quick

and strong enough to make dents while attacking and hold firm in


Most good things revolve around the unlikely looking Livingstone, with

his socks at his ankles and a deceptive gait which belies his speed of

thought and deed.

Not only did he contribute 15 points with his boot and the occasional

help of the woodwork, but he also took a hand in making the tries for


Glasgow Academicals have talent in abundance, not least the Macgregor

brothers, ever present No.8 Gordon Mackay and hard working Chas

Afuakwah, but they failed on this occasion to knit as a team and showed

a disturbing propensity to shoot themselves in the foot.

Accies took a slender 6-3 advantage into the interval, through a brace

of Calum Macgregor penalty goals answered in the singular by

Livingstone. It never looked likely to be enough as they turned into the

icy, swirling wind.

Musselburgh took control and a Livingstone penalty goal and his

conversion of Craig Ramsay's try from efficient handling were quickly

followed by a McMillan try from Andy Mcleod's thrust.

Alan Ker's try from a garryowen, converted by Calum Macgregor,

narrowed the gap but the visitors, taking scrummage and loose ball

almost at will, stretched out of sight through tries from Mike Horsburgh

and Stuart Campbell, both goaled by Livingstone, to which the stand off

added his third penalty goal.

The never-say-die Graeme Macgregor powered over for a try from a short

penalty and brother Calum added goal points, but already the cause was

lost. Perhaps next time, Accies.

Glasgow Academicals -- D Ogle; G A Peoples, S M Simmers, A G Ker, J L

Pawson; C G Macgregor, G T Macgregor; A C Sturgess, W Sinclair, A J M

Perry, C Afuakwah, G W McLean, S P Thomson, G T Mackay, J Richmond.

Replacement -- A Mason for Sinclair (60 minutes).

Musselburgh -- B Stewart; S Campbell, W Weatherhead, D Laird, C

Ramsay; C Livingstone, F MacMillan; I Ross, A Robertson, A Pringle, A

MacColl, J Muir, M Horsburgh, A McLeod, C J Pow.

Referee -- J M Fleming (Boroughmuir).