Harris Academy 38, Carnoustie 3
CARNOUSTIE High School FPs visited Elliot Road on Saturday to face Harris Academy looking to reverse the scoreline from the home game. The pitch was soft with light rain falling.
The home team started the game with Carnoustie fielding and immediately conceding a penalty which Harris tapped and ran, but good defence turned the ball over.
This was to set the pattern for most of the first half as the game was littered with penalties, knock-ons and forward passes.
Field position was much in favour of the home side and the first scoring chance fell to Academy who missed a rather easy shot at the posts. The 22 drop-out went out on the full, compounding the visitors’ difficulties.
On the half hour, Carnoustie conceded two consecutive penalties in their own 22 and, from the second, Harris, with a quick tap, ran at a disorganised defence to touch down and convert. This was hard on the visitors whose defence until this point had been organised and solid.
The game followed the same pattern until half time with FPs under pressure but holding out.
Half-time: Harris Academy 7, Carnoustie 0.
Carnoustie got the second half under way with Academy knocking the ball on, but the visitors were then penalised at the scrum. From the penalty, the homesters gained good field position with the ball being played wide before being kicked and scrambled into touch by Carnoustie.
FPs were again penalised almost in front of the posts, but the ball went under the bar. Carnoustie touched down and went for a short tap drop-out, a decision which entirely altered the course of the game.
The tap ball was fumbled on the ground, scooped up by the homesters and sent wide to the wing against an opposition lined up to attack. Good hands and pace saw the wide man cross, but with no conversion.
The Dundee outfit continued to attack, and, aided by penalties, again scored wide on the right side with the conversion added this time.
From the resulting kick-off, Carnoustie, aided by a series of penalties, gained field position and NIALL SWANSON converted a penalty.
The game again fell into a mire of mistakes, by both sides, until the closing 10 minutes when the home players regained their composure to run in three tries, the first two converted, but the last, which was a searing 60-yard run down the right wing, was missed.
Team: D. Nicholson, J. Donnachie, C. Addison, R. Winger, A. Shepherd, N. Swanson, C. Rankin, A. Ringsell, C. Murray, T. Hall, S. Millar, R. Coates, I. Reid, K. Franco, O. Hughes, E. Fraser, P. Christie and J. Christie.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Carnoustie are at home to Stirling University in the RBS Caledonia Regional League Division Two Midlands.
Stirling currently sit in third place in the league after a big result last week and on current form Carnoustie will find this last home game of the season very tough.
Kick-off is at 3 p.m. and there is a former player and friends of Carnoustie rugby pre-match lunch with details on the website or at the clubhouse.
P W D L B Pts
Grangemouth Stags RFC 15 13 0 2 12 64
Glenrothes 14 12 0 2 12 60
Stirling University RFC 16 12 0 4 11 59
Harris Academy FPRFC 15 12 0 3 10 58
Madras Rugby 17 7 0 10 6 34
Alloa 16 6 0 10 6 30
Panmure 13 5 0 8 5 25
Kinross 15 4 0 11 4 20
Carnoustie HSFP 16 3 0 13 6 14
Fife Southern 13 1 0 12 1 5