It was cold on Saturday. It was very, very cold. And given the way the result ended up it was pretty damned miserable too. Last season we scraped to victory at Edinburgh Accies via an injury time Elgan O’Donnell penalty, this year we got thoroughly pasted; I don’t think I like Raeburn Place anymore. In fact, I just don’t think I like travelling away from Meggetland this season.
And judging by results, I don’t think the team does either. Boroughmuir have suffered five defeats so far this season; Malleny Park, Millbrae, Philliphaugh and Raeburn Place. Only Heriot’s have plundered the points at Meggetland, if we were granted a season of home games by the SRU, we’d have the title wrapped up by Christmas.
That’s why I fully expect that we’ll avenge the Malleny defeat this coming weekend by turning over Currie on our own patch. The players seem to be much freer in their game on familiar turf and in the past season and a half, only that defeat against Heriot’s in October has blemished an otherwise perfect record.
Of course, this aversion to bus trips is a disease which has shown its head only this season. We have already this campaign lost twice as many away trips as we did in the whole of last season. Only Watsonians at Myreside (when the title was all but won) and Melrose at The Greenyards (when it had long been in the bag) saw ’Muir succumb to defeat; it’s the fine line between that title glory and mid-table misery.
What it does point towards is that we may well be set for a good run in the cup. All we need is a run of home draws and nobody will be able to stop us!