Howe of Fife 2nd XV 7, Carnoustie 31
Carnoustie continued their quest for league points with a morning game at Cupar against Howe of Fife 2nd XV.
Having won the home game by a wide margin, hopes were high that the winning sequence would continue.
On a very soft pitch and with gloomy overhead conditions, the home side got the game going with kicks being exchanged before Howe gained a penalty. Touch was found and the ball driven from the line-out, but this was met by a solid Carnoustie defence right on the try line and this gave them a penalty.
The kick failed to find touch, but Howe knocked on and Carnoustie gained a penalty at the scrum, but then knocked on at the line-out. From the scrum, the visitors gained another penalty, much to the opposition’s annoyance, but OWEN HUGHES ignored the protestors and tapped the ball before running past the home players to touch down, but with no conversion to make it 5-0.
The away side knocked on at the restart, but found touch from scrum ball and from the line-out Tony Franco made a good break before being forced into touch. The game was becoming littered with mishandling and penalties giving Howe better field position, but without them threatening the visitors line.
Carnoustie fought back, driving from a line-out and going through the hands, but were again forced into touch. They continued to concede penalties with Howe again gaining good field position, but knocking on at a line-out.
The visitors then chipped the ball forward, but it was too deep and easily played dead. From the 22, Carnoustie fielded and went wide, but the Howe defence was solid and they then ran the ball back, but conceded a penalty which the FPs ran and with good hands found OWEN HUGHES in the clear enabling him to cross and touch down for his and the team’s second try, this time with the added conversion, 12-0.
Carnoustie fielded the restart and ran the ball, only to drop it which allowed the referee to bring the half to an end.
Half-time: Howe of Fife 2nd XV 0, Carnoustie 12.
Carnoustie kicked off the second half, but the ball was long and easily secured by Howe, who ran it back, breaking tackles, before charging down the wing to cross and add the conversion, 7-12.
Howe fielded the restart and ran the ball with the visitors penalised . The home side suffered the same fate allowing Carnoustie to gain a foothold in their 22, but they failed to capitalise. Howe continued to have more ball and field position, but lost ground with poor handling. The FPs eventually won scrum ball. Accurate handling allowed IAN REID to race through the line to touch down, but without the conversion, 7-17.
Carnoustie fielded the resart and sent the ball swiftly out wide where they looked to have carved out an opening, only to throw a forward pass. They raised the tempo of the game in the final stages and with good hands sent MIKE DOWNIE clear to touch down and with the conversion added. 7-24.
Carnoustie ran back the restart and then gained a penalty which found touch and the line-out was won and the ball ran to break the defensive line of the home side, but a penalty was conceded for failing to release the ball.
Carnoustie then won the line-out, drove, recycled and drove again, but knocked on. They won the scrum ball and sent the ball wide for MIKE DOWNIE to storm up the wing, before he was tackled, but the tackler failed to hold him allowing him to get up and cross for his second try and again with the conversion added. The game was restarted with the first stoppage bringing it to a halt.
Team - R. Coates, J. Donnachie, C. Addison, G. Johns, M. Downie, P. Law, D. Findlay, A. Schweizer, F. Simpson, C. Murray, O. Schweizer, E. Fraser, A. Franco, K. Franco, O. Hughes, N. Bowles, C. Dawson, I. Reid, D. Van Wyk and J. McLaren.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie are at home to Grangemouth Stags RFC who beat them by three points in the away fixture in October. This will be a 3 p.m. kick-off.
Results – Harris Academy FP RFC 85, Panmure 0; Blairgowrie RFC 10, Madras Rugby 27; Alloa 67, Stirling University RFC 24; Howe of Fife 2nd XV 7, Carnoustie HSFP 31.
BT Caledonia League
Division Two Midlands
P W L D TB LB Pts
Alloa 15 11 3 1 11 0 57
Harris FP 13 11 2 0 11 0 55
Carnoustie 13 11 1 1 7 1 54
Grangemouth 12 8 4 0 10 1 43
Stirling Uni* 13 6 7 0 6 2 29
Madras 13 6 7 0 6 0 27
Kinross 14 5 9 0 5 1 26
Howe 2nds 12 4 8 0 5 2 23
Panmure* 14 2 12 0 2 0 3
Blairgowrie* 13 1 12 0 0 1 2
*Points deduction applied.