Dunbar v Forrester's
Dunbar continue their great start to the season.
Dunbar hosted Forrester’s at Hallhill looking to continue their great start to the season. Forrester’s lost heavily to Hawick Harlequins last time out and would be looking to bounce back.
Dunbar welcomed back Sandy Thomson
, John Peebles
and Richie Gallacher but had Dylan Moffat missing. Dunbar playing into a stiff wind, went on the offensive from the start and nearly scored after three minutes but a knock on five metres out halted proceedings. The home side lost Conor Forlow with a broken/ dislocated finger.
Dunbar kept up the momentum and were rewarded a minute later when Jamie Peters
burst through to score after good work by the forwards. Charlton converted from the touchline against the strong wind. With 9 minutes gone Forrester’s reduced the gap with a simple penalty. This was soon reduced to a single point with another penalty. Forrester’s number 10 Dudgeon had the chance to give his side the lead from another penalty but his kick went wide. Dunbar then drove up field and were rewarded when Greig Patrizio
crashed over after a prolonged period of pressure. Charlton added the extra points to extend the home side’s lead to eight points. Dunbar were playing well into the wind and were restricting decent territory for the big visitors pack to exploit. Sandy Thomson
then had a good run up the wing but was bundled into touch and the danger was cleared. Forrester’s pressured Dunbar and had a charge down in the twenty two but Dunbar recovered the situation. With half time approaching the visitors scored a try in the corner through their flanker Ryan King with the conversion by Dudgeon successful. This put pressure on Dunbar but the home side kicked a penalty on half time for a 17-13 lead.
Dunbar had a great start to the second half, exploiting the wind and camping in the away half. With 45 minutes gone Ewan Patrizio
stormed through the defence to score and Chris Bryce
added another within a minute to give Dunbar some breathing space. Charlton converted both tries for a 31-13 lead.
Forrester’s then caught Dunbar napping and scored a well worked try by Graham. Dunbar did not learn their lesson and the visitor’s scored again four minutes later. Forrester’s looked dangerous again and had the home defence scrambling. John Peebles
stepped up and intercepted and ran in from his own half on 55 minutes. Charlton converted to make the score 38-23.
Dunbar then had skipper Blair Mills
yellow carded on 57 minutes. Dunbar then were forced into changes with Robbie Brown
replacing Ally Brown
and Matty Pickles
replacing McArthur. Forrester’s then responded with a forward drive and their number 4 Garry Smith got the score.
Dunbar then gathered their composure as Mills returned. Good pressure saw Jamie Peters
crossing the line on 72 minutes with Charlton converting. There was no further scoring and Dunbar had the result they were looking for with a winning try bonus.
Dunbar now sit on the top of the pile with the defeat of Hawick Harlequins at North Berwick with the two teams scheduled to meet this week in Hawick.