Ayr's 2nd XV have a crunch match against their Gala counterparts on Saturday at Millbrae, kicking off at 2pm. A hard-fought 23-19 win over Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place at the weekend has put them in a good position in the league.
After a first half best forgotten and with Ayr trailing 3-12 to Accies, it looked like any hopes of chasing the league title was slowly slipping from their grasp.
Half-time saw a team talk that had the Stockbridge residents cringing at the language used, with it being more akin to a disturbance associated with an altercation in a Glasgow street on a Friday night. It did the trick, however, and saw the young charges enter the fray as though their lives depended on it and come away with a victory plus the crucial bonus point.
With the 2nds lying second in the league and chasing Hawks at the top, this week's game at Millbrae against Gala, who are one point behind Ayr, is sure to be another tasty contest.
So if you have done the Christmas shopping or just want to see what the future holds at the club, come along and support the team this weekend in what should be a deciding game.
- Jim Henderson, 2nd XV coach.