The Blues did not have all their own way as they battled towards a bonus point win at Beveridge Park last Saturday. After heavy overnight rain the game was in some doubt until mid morning. However following hard work by groundsman Colin Falconer and his helpers the pitch was in fine ondition come kick-off.
Having knocked on the kick off ball the Blue spent a good five minutes defending their line and having to concede the game’s first try scored by Accies’ Tommy Spink and converted by Gregor Macewan.
Slowly and at times laboured, Kirkcaldy worked their way into the Glasgow territory, building up to the game’s second try from prop Marcus Salt, this movement originating from a stolen line out. Finlay Smith’s conversion tied the scores at 7-7
Rather than press home any advantage they may have been gathering, Kirkcaldy retreated as Accies flourished again. Two more Macewan penalties put the visitors n front once more a 13-7 leaving the Blues looking rather bewildered and pushed back into their own half.
Kirkcaldy must have realised that if they continued in this passive fashion that there would be no bonus point win. Against the run of play he Blues edged their way back into things as half time neared. From a long forward build up winger Alex Brooks went over on the right side. Smith’s conversion edged Kirkcaldy into a barely deserved 14-13 win.
The second half began with a real Kirkcaldy flourish and within a minute of the restart had increased their lead. The returning Rhys Bonner exploded from a mid field line out and went all the way to the posts, throwing off all sorts of tackles. However Accies were still a competitive force and with excellent forward support work created space for scrum half Jacob Siems dashing in for a score which remained unconverted.
This reverse proved to be a brief interruption in Kirkcaldy progress as two Blue tries followed in fairly quick succession. Scores from Josh Laird and Chris Mann pushed the Blues further ahead at 33-18 with an hour played. Accies looked as if the pace was catching up with them as the Blues dominated possession and territory through much of the final quarter.
Head coach Quintan Sanft continued to use his bench to refresh the line-up and among the replacements was former Fife Flyers player Tommy Muir who made his league debut.
Although Accies had a third try, against the run of play from winger Campbell McCready ths spell belonged to Kirkcaldy. A mid field break from captain Josh Laird set up a forward onslaught from which prop Danny Jennings went over. Smith’s conversion took the Kirkcaldy tally into the forties.
Owen Bonner rounded off the Kirkcaldy scoring with the last play of the day, bulldozing himself into space from scrummage possession and cashing fifty metres to the goal line.
This was hardly a vintage Kirkcaldy performance having to play second fiddle for significant spells against a side who had struggled for most of the season. Still there was an annoying tendency to give away too many penalties and handling errors which could have been avoided. After this week’s break for National League Cup ties the Blues will face tougher opposition in the weeks to come when points will be harder to gather.
Kirkcaldy:- C Letham, A Brooks, S McKervall . J Laird, O Bonner, F Smith, G McKenzie, D Jennings, G Wallace, M Salt, C Wood, R Bonner, G Clunks, S Milne, C Mann
Replacements G Shields, G Queen, T Muir, T Glendinning
Glasgow Accies;- J McCready, C McCready, G Macewan, F Neilson, C Taylor, A Lowry, J Siems, C Goodfellow T Power, J Currie, C Johnstone, K Beattie,G Valentine, S Holt, T Spinks
Replacements:- M Howie, K Greggain, M Holland, S Briggs
Fife Trophy Centre STAR CHECK
3 Marcus Salt
2 Josh Laird
9 Jacob Ramsay
8 Thomas Glendining
7 Josh Laird
5 Danny Jennings
4 Connor Wood
3 Timmy Kennedy
2 Chris Mann
1 Seb Evans, Steve Milne, Owen Bonner, Sean McKervall, Rhys Bonner