MOTHERING Sunday saw perfect conditions for Carnoustie’s game against Glenrothes, with sun shining and a stiff breeze, while underfoot conditions were firm.
This was the home team’s chance to make amends for an earlier league defeat in which Glenrothes ran out winners by 32-17. Although this return fixture was a friendly due to Glenrothes being elevated to the Midlands 1 league, the Carnoustie squad was fired up for the chance of some payback.
From the kick-off, the home players returned the ball through hand making good ground deep into Glenrothes territory only for it to be lost in the ruck. This saw the visitors return it a full 70 yards for the opening score but they failed to convert.
From the restart it seemed like a switch had been turned on as the home side shut the visitors down with some fierce tackling from the forwards. Possession was gained and with quick ball again going through the backs, Harry Loban went over out wide for his first try of the game, converted by Kieran Murry.
Glenrothes battled hard for the remainder of the first half but failed to make much ground against a Carnoustie side that was brimming with confidence and determination. Further tries came the way of Michael McWattie, Liam Rennie, Dylan Tyrrell (captain) and Anthony Franco, with Harry and Liam doubling their points tally with a further three conversions for Kieran.
The second half produced more of the same albeit at a slower tempo, with the referee allowing flowing rugby which saw Glenrothes put in some good solid attacks which were thwarted by the home side’s dogged defence.
Tries were scored by Lewis Ball, Michael McWattie and a pair for returning captain Mathew Burgess with Kieran converting a further twice.
This should put the Carnoustie side in good stead for the final league fixture against Strathmore Sharks which will hopefully seal third place in the league.
Team: James Lesllie, Kyle Howlett, Dylan Tyrrell (captain), Dougal Patterson, Michael McWattie, Kieran Murry, Kevin Rice, Jack Iannetta, Andrew Burgess, Anthony Franco, Harry Lobban, Liam Rennie, David Nail, Lewis Ball, Ben Lyon. Substitutes - Ramsay McGowan, Chris Blackburn, Callum Noble, Rhys Finlay and Mathew Burgess.