Kirkcaldy 0 Carnoustie 50
This game got off to the worst possible start for Kirkcaldy, with Ross suffering a recurrence of his knee injury in the first minute and having to leave the field. On top of this the team were very slow to get going. The opening salvoes all came from Carnoustie who out-passed, out-rucked and out-tackled the Blues comprehensively for the first 25 minutes. Indeed, during this period of play the Kirkcaldy team barely made any forays into the opposition half and seemed shorn of ideas.
Fortunately, things started to improve towards the end of the half, with the boys competing more effectively and beginning to hold their own in the loose. Notable in this was the tackling out wide from Harry and Robin and more direction in the back row, led by James. However, trailing by 33-0 at the interval, the second half promised to be tough watching for the spectators.
Credit to the Kirkcaldy team then, that they stepped up their performance considerably in the second period and the game became closer and more competitive. The commitment at the breakdown was suddenly more energetic and the team started to take the ball going forwards. There were some excellent driving runs from James, Ryan, Mitch, Josh and Ben, and Joe started to get the ball out to the three quarters with more zip. The makeshift scrum struggled on our own put-in and took a while to settle at the lineout, but did admirably given the considerable disruption to the starting line-up. Much of the second period was spent in the Carnoustie half and it was a shame the team could not cross the line for a try that would have been no less than they deserved. It was Carnoustie, though, who showed how to finish with three successful attacks in this period of the game.
So another tough day at the office for the boys but it was encouraging to see them keep their spirit and commitment going until the end of the match. Hopefully, in the next game we will be able to show similar resolve from the first whistle.
Squad:, Ross Aitken, Josh Bremner, Joe Finnie, Dave Fleming, Austin Glass, Max Hadoke, Robin Mackenzie, James Pow, Ben Ramsay, Mitch Rigby, Benjamin Simpson, Alex Schroeder-Smith, Harry Scott, Greg Stewart, Connor Wallace, Ryan Wallace, Alan Windram.