Fife Southern 7
Carnoustie got off to a great start in Midlands District League Three recording a magnificent victory over the team relegated with them last season.
Carnoustie won an early scrum, ran the ball, recycled, and ran again, finding NATHAN BOWLES in space, allowing him to run and touch down with CHRIS RANKIN converting.
The home team was pushed back but gained a penalty and, although the kick was long, touch wasn’t found, but the follow up was fast. When the defender fumbled the ball, Carnoustie secured it and recycled quickly to release MERFYN STARKEY to touch down.
In their next attack, the hard running IAN COOK touched down, but again with no conversion.
Carnoustie seemed to relax at this point and gave away a succession of penalties. From the final penalty Southern found touch at the five-metre line, taking the line out cleanly and setting up a drive which the home side couldn’t stop, They touched down with the conversion added.
The reply was immediate, ultimately drawing the penalty which CHRIS RANKIN converted.
The restart kick was fielded cleanly, but taken back into the 22 before being cleared to touch on the full. The line-out was brought back to just outside the home 22, but the home side took the ball against the throw and cleared with the half being brought to an end.
Half-time: Carnoustie HSFP 20, Fife Southern 7.
The visitors got the second half under way with a succession of kicks from which Carnoustie touched down in goal. At this point Carnoustie, under pressure, were trying to play out of defence rather than gain field position, but suddenly all this changed and the floodgates opened.
The homesters gained a free kick at a scrum, tapped and ran, but when stopped were awarded a penalty because the defence didn’t retreat the full 10 metres. A good touch was found, the ball driven and a further penalty awarded and CHRIS RANKIN tapped and darted through the defence to touch down and convert.
Southern restarted and again pinned Carnoustie back, threatening the line, but Carnoustie were resolute in defence, before they again came to life and ran the ball back some 75 metres to finish off with a surging run from IAN COOK to touch down with the conversion by CHRIS RANKIN.
The visitors let the ball go loose allowing DEAN NICHOLSON to pick up and score, but with no conversion. The restart was cleanly fielded and run back for OWEN HUGHES to touch down, again with no conversion.
Carnoustie again ran back the restart, but changed tactics with the forwards taking over with a series of solid drives and quick recycling, ending with OWEN HUGHES again touching down, but without the conversion.
A further series of drives finished off with Ian Reid giving a pass from the back of his hand to KEVIN FRANCO, who was in position to take and beat the tackler on his inside shoulder and touch down again without the conversion.
Team: Nicholson, Donnachie, Reid, Cook, Starkey, Shepherd, Rankin, Ringsell, Bowles, Campbell, Lawton, Millar, Addison, Franco, Hughes, Scott, Murray, Mullins, J. Christie, D. Christie and Murphy.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Carnoustie are away to Howe of Fife in the RBS Caledonia League Division Three Midlands. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.