Gordonians RFC 59-5 Carnoustie HSFP
Carnoustie travelled to Aberdeen to play league leaders Gordonians with a much changed team due to mounting injuries and unavailable players.
The pitch was dry but firm and in good condition.
Gordonians got the game going with Carnoustie fielding but unable to breach the solid defence set up by the home side.
The early play saw field position in favour of the home side but Carnoustie’s defence held firm for 15 minutes against the Gordonians attack which had little invention.
Things changed however just after the quarter hour with Gordonians attacking at pace to break the defence and touch down, but without the conversion, and they continued to press forward adding further points from two penalties.
From the second restart Gordonians fielded cleanly running the ball at pace with the winger running clear to touch down, this time with the conversion added.
Kicks were exchanged before Gordonians won a good line out ball to break in midfield and again send the winger over, but with no conversion.
The Carnoustie restart went out on the full and from the scrum at the centre Gordonians heeled cleanly and again broke through the defence to touch down and convert.
Carnoustie then stemmed the tide for a period before Gordonians turned over the ball to let the winger break clear to cross and again with the conversion.
Carnoustie, attempting to make ground, put in a short kick but this was easily picked up by the defence and immediately run wide for a further score from the winger and they broke again from line out ball, before releasing the winger to score but neither try was converted with the second bringing up half time.
Carnoustie restarted the second half, increasing the intensity of their defence and holding the home side at bay for some time until,from scrum ball, the winger was released to touch down with the conversion added.
Carnoustie tried to defend with vigour and tenacity and keep the dangerous winger quiet but eventually the home side broke down the defence to score no conversion.
The visitors, for virtually the first time in the game, pressed forward to make an overlay on the right going with Ross Coates to touch down but with no conversion added and, although they continued to press forward, they couldn’t add to their score.
A brave effort from the Carnoustie players illustrated by losing the first half by 47 points and the second half by only seven points, where in games which are a bit one sided the greater margin is normally conceded in the second half.
In difficult circumstances the players did themselves proud and hopefully there will be no further injuries to add to the list of players out.
Tomorrow Carnoustie are away to bottom of the table Mackie Academy FP and they will be hoping to bounce back.