Carnoustie 14, Harris 23
CARNOUSTIE entertained Harris Academy in a league game at the High School playing fields on Saturday. The conditions were overcast and the playing surface soft.
Carnoustie kicked off with Harris fielding and running the ball only to knock on. The homesters lost the scrum against the head and Harris kicked and chased, catching FPs in possession and gaining a penalty which was converted to give them an early lead.
The visitors kicked out of the 22 but not to touch and Nathan Bowles fielded, ran back and chipped ahead.
The home team won scrum ball but were on the backfoot and the halves were forced under pressure to play the ball wide, leading to an inevitable knock on. Harris kicked through to the line and followed up to touch down under the posts. They failed to convert with the kick going under the bar.
With the aid of penalties, the home team made good field position enabling Gavin Dissel to open their account with three points. The visitors went offside at the restart, FPs found touch, won the line-out and kicked.
Harris returned the ball, panicking the defence into conceding a penalty which was kicked to touch five metres from the Carnoustie goal-line. The line-out was won cleanly and quickly sent across field enabling the winger to cross the line for another try, but they were unable to convert.
The visitors knocked on the restart, leading to a period of sloppy play and from a knock-on, Dean Nicholson kicked ahead and, following up fast, made a clean pick up and dived over the line. Unfortunately it was too far out for the conversion.
Half time; Carnoustie 8, Harris 13.
The visitors restarted the game and with Jonny Christie fielding and kicking they knocked on. They won the scrum against the head and sent the ball quickly wide, enabling them to pierce the defence to touch down and kick the conversion.
The restart was long and the fielder of the ball went to ground and held on, giving Gavin Dissel a kick to the posts which he converted.
From the restart, Harris set up a drive, but FPs turned the ball over and, sending the ball through the hands, gained a penalty which found touch in the 22.
The line-out was won and driven, but a penalty was conceded. Harris drove upfield and chipped into space but Tom Hall reacted swiftly and cleared up a dangerous situation.
The homesters made progress into midfield and gained a penalty which Chris Rankin tapped and ran only to be interfered with, gaining a further penalty. This time Gavin Dissel kicked, giving Carnoustie a further three points.
The homesters fielded the restart but were caught in possession and forced to touch, losing the line out and conceding a penalty which the visitors tapped but the FPs defence held.
In the next scrum, Carnoustie pushed early and were penalised which enabled Harris to add a further three points. With the last move of the game, the home forwards broke out but were pushed into touch.
Carnoustie did themselves proud with a gutsy performance against a good team. With only a few old heads playing, the youngsters gave their all and are gaining confidence with each game.
Team: Coffield, Bowles, Burwood, Shepherd, Rankin, Reid, Coates, Christie J, Downie, Addison, Dissel, Millar, Hall, Paterson, Feighan, Macdonald, Christie P, Cook, Nicholson.
Carnoustie are away to Stirling University tomorrow (Saturday) with a 3 p.m. kick-off.