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By Sheila Beare
Continuing a great season for the 2s.
Having enjoyed an entertaining, if rather muddy, game against the School of Hard Knocks on Wednesday evening, the Glens second string travelled to Bo’ness on Saturday for a league fixture against the basement team.
Despite starting the game shorthanded, the home team held their own for the first few minutes but gradually the Reds took control. The opening try saw Sam Duncan touch down behind the posts to finish off a move which had seen the ball passed across the width of the pitch and then back inside from Derek Mitchell to Duncan.
Try number two was not long delayed when Mitchell chased a kick from Connor Young, beating the defence to pounce on the ball in the left corner.
Ross Anderson fielded a clearance kick close to the right wing and returned the ball up the sideline. He raced after his kick alongside Young and when the ball bounced infield and the defence made a hash of dealing with the ball they seized their opportunity. Young got a toe to the ball, prodding it past the last line of defence and he won the race to touch down near the posts.
The bonus point try followed more Glens pressure and when Rhys Bryce, in the unfamiliar number 7 shirt, was tackled 35m out, Scott Cairns was on hand to pass to Ross Wiggins who in turn passed the ball out to Duncan. When Duncan passed to Kyle McIntosh, who had joined the line on the left wing, he appeared to have a clear run for the line but was tap tackled just short. The full back picked himself up and dived over. McIntosh’s conversion attempt from near the left hand touch line came back off the posts and was his only unsuccessful kick of the afternoon.
With five league points pretty well assured, Glenrothes lent a couple of their replacements to their hosts but initially they made little difference. McIntosh returned a Bo’ness clearance with a high ball. The pacy Glens backs pressurised their opponents who fluffed their attempts to gather the ball and Young fly hacked in the direction of the uprights. The ball stalled in the mud before getting to the try line and Young picked up and scored his second try to the right of the posts.
Bo’ness played their part in the game with their large forwards punching holes in the Glens line but unable to capitalise on this until late in the first half. A couple of forward thrusts disrupted the Glens defence and when the home stand off hit the line at pace he broke through a couple of ineffective tackles to record their opening score. The same player converted, having seen two earlier penalty attempts fly wide.
As the interval approached, Glenrothes were back on the front foot. Kevin Fleischman and captain Michael Guthrie took the ball close to the line and when the ball was given to the backs McIntosh dived for the line but came up short and lost the ball on hitting the ground. Bo’ness won their own scrum but knocked on giving the visitors a set piece. When the ball came back in the scrum, Guthrie picked up and took the ball over the line for a sixth try. The conversion gave the Reds a half time lead at 7-40.
The second half was rather an anti-climax as players tired and skill levels suffered accordingly. The frequent rotation of loaned players and replacements added to the disruption but Glenrothes scored two further tries, both falling to McIntosh whose strong running was a feature throughout the game. Bo’ness added to their score with a penalty midway through the half but were unable to cross the Glens line again.
All in all, this was a satisfactory result for the Glens with the forwards creating a solid foundation which allowed the backs to take full advantage of their pace. After the game Connor Young was declared man of the match for his overall contribution to the victory.
Next week the firsts return to action when they travel to Dundee to face bottom of the table Harris while the seconds are at the North Inch facing Perthshire’s second team who lie in seventh place of their eight team league. Both are winnable fixtures which would set the Carleton Park team up for two big games the following weekend at home to finish their games for 2018.
Updated 09:39 - 3 Dec 2018 by Sheila Beare