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KIRKCALDY FORWARDS IN CHARGE
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 04 November 2012
LASSWADE 17 KIRKCALDY 20

Signs in last week’s game against Hawick YM of better things to come were duly fulfilled at Hawthornden with a forward inspired victory which largely denied second half possession to a strong looking Lasswade back line which threatened whenever they had the ball.

Lasswade had booked the first half services of a strong end to end wind but must have been disappointed that the sides turned at the interval with them having only a flimsy 10-5 lead. Credit for the closeness of the score must go to a strong defensive Kirkcaldy performance led by Mark Wallace. Only once was it out manned and that was when Russell Gladstone went in for the first Lasswade try which gave them a 8-5 lead in twenty nine minutes

The early part of the game belonged to Lasswade and this pressure produced a straight forward penalty for Gavin Brown and a 3-0 home lead. The Blues were absorbing heavy pressure before the siege was lifted by means of a penalty. This play took them well into the Lasswade 22 and from a smart line-out move hooker Greg Wallace raced in for a try and a surprising Kirkcaldy lead.

This was an isolated foray into Lasswade territory as the Midlothian team continued to dictate play. Brown had a couple of penalty misses and these were some sort of reward for the hard working Kirkcaldy cover. The Blues were eventually stretched in the twenty ninth minute on the left wing where Russell Gladstone crossed and moved far enough in to give Brown an easier conversion. Lasswade now led 10-5, a fair reflection on their pressure and the Blues defensive work. The referee then added an air of mystery to the proceedings in yellow carding replacement George Mangalo without actually penalising him four minutes later. Lasswade’s Craig Quigley suffered a similar fate six minutes later, just before half time.

The breeze dropped a bit for the second half but Lasswade still had to face a strong setting sun against which they were likely to be tested. The Blues quickly showed their intention by forcing play into the corners. No 8 Matt Harvey was at the heart of everything as the visitors went for an equalising try. Twice they were held up over the line before a smartly taken short penalty fed Mangalo who crashed his way through a pile of bodies for the unconverted score.

The initiative now lay with the menacing Kirkcaldy scrummage and another try quickly followed. Again it was a quick thinking move that set up Mangalo once more and he went over near the posts, giving Craig Letham an easy conversion. The Blues maintained this momentum and gave themselves some breathing space at 20-10 when the stand off kicked a penalty.

In the closing stages Lasswade made a bold attempt to salvage some thing from the game, pinning the Blues into their 22. After several scoring attempts had been rebuffed the pressure eventually paid off with replacement Ian Wilson dotting down and Brown converting with only stoppage time left. The additional minutes were easily played out by Kirkcaldy whose only disappointment must have been that they failed to take the four try bonus point.

TEAMS

Lasswade

J Blackwood, M Wilson, J Forrester, J Elliot, R Gladstone, B Hennessey, N Clark, K MacKinnon, D Turnbull, M Billingham, D Hearn, G Ward, C Quigley, D Hearn, G Brown

Replacements: - G Cook, J Taylor, G Coleman, I Wilson

Kirkcaldy

K Littlejohn, R Hancock, M Wallace, Q Sanft, C Mann, C Letham, G McKenzie, M Thomson, G Wallace, G Mangalo, S Orr, G Brooksbank, L Neilson, D Turner, M Harvey

Replacements: - G Mangalo, R Girdler, R van Rensberg, G Welsh

REFEREE

T McNicol (Lanark)

STAR CHECK

3 Matt Harvey

2 Mark Wallace

1 George Mangalo

Cumulative

19 Harvey

11 M Wallace

7 Neilson

5 Turner

3 Mann, Littlejohn, G Wallace

2 Letham, Fisher, Girdler, Orr

1 Oliver, Harper, Wilson, McKenzie, Gray. Mangalo

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2012 )
 
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