Carnoustie travelled to Forthill to take on near neighbours Panmure who they beat narrowly in the home fixture. The pitch was in good condition and weather conditions fine.
Panmure got the game under way with Carnoustie fielding, but losing the ball which the home side secured and with good hands found their way to the line to score, but with no conversion. A series of kicks were exchanged, but Panmure ultimately gained field position and again attacked, cross-kicking to the wing where Carnoustie were forced to touch.
From the line-out the homesters went through the hands and when Carnoustie were penalised, they took the points.
FPs restarted with Panmure knocking on and Carnoustie drove the scrum only to be penalised. Again kicks were exchanged and again the homesters gained field position, but were guilty of an accidental offside at the line out. Panmure maintained their dominance of the ball with FPs defending resolutely, and at times recklessly and ultimately they conceded a penalty try to which the conversion was added.
The home side returned the restart kick to touch with Carnoustie driving the line-out ball, but then turning it over. The visitors eventually got upfield with a drive and moved the ball quickly through the hands before kicking and then from a scrum they gained a penalty which they converted bringing the half to an end.
Half-time: Panmure 15, Carnoustie 3.
Carnoustie restarted the game and immediately established field position with Owen Hughes making a clean break from a line-out before the pack drove, but then conceded a penalty. The line-out was taken against the throw and sent wide enabling Grant Langlands to make a clean break down the wing, but he was held up in the goal area.
At the scrum Panmure were penalised and Carnoustie tapped and drove, before recycling the ball to the backs and this time GRANT LANGLANDS touched down, but with the conversion wide.
The restart by Panmure was fielded and driven, but then knocked on. The visitors again pressed forward with good hands, then a drive, but failed to release the ball on the ground. Panmure found touch, but at the line out were penalised.
FPs tapped and drove, recycled, and went through a series of hands until the ball was played out of the tackle to OWEN HUGHES, who touched down under the posts enabling CHRIS RANKIN to convert.
The homesters restarted with Carnoustie fielding, but failing to clear the ball. Indiscipline then took over with a series of silly penalties being conceded by the FPs, four of which were converted and their only relief came from a long clearing kick down the touch line which Panmure failed to deal with and with the Carnoustie chase being fast and in numbers.
The fielder of the ball was caught in possession and lost the ball which was flipped up into the hands of IAN REID who touched down under the posts with CHRIS RANKIN converting.
Carnoustie continue to lose in tight games despite playing good rugby, particularly in the second half. Game management and indiscipline contributed to their downfall and injuries did not help either.
Team: D. Nicholson, C. McNichol, G. Langlands, C. Addison, A. Shepherd, N. Swanson, C. Rankin, T. Hall, N. Bowles, C. Murray, S. Millar, R. Coates, I. Reid, J. Christie, O. Hughes, J. Donnachie, J. Paxton, R. Winger, K. Franco, C. Dawson and C. Owens.
Tomorrow, Saturday there is no game for the 1st XV, but the 2nd XV play Panmure 2nd XV at home with a 12.30 p.m. kick-off.
Former players and friends of Carnoustie Rugby pre-match Lunch is on March 23 which is the last home game of the season. Details are on the website or at the clubhouse.
RBS Caledonia Regional League
Division Two Midlands
P W D L B Pts
Glenrothes 14 12 0 2 12 60
Grangemouth 14 12 0 2 11 59
Stirling University 15 11 0 4 10 54
Harris Academy 14 11 0 3 9 53
Alloa 15 6 0 9 6 30
Madras Rugby 16 6 0 10 6 30
Panmure 13 5 0 8 5 25
Kinross 14 4 0 10 3 19
Carnoustie HSFP 15 3 0 12 6 14
Fife Southern 12 1 0 11 1 5