Back in October North Berwick won the away match to Ross High by 18 points to 7 and whist there were key players still nursing injuries from the exciting match against PL, the home supporters still thought that home advantage would be key in this derby match.
Cameron Warnock and Scott Purves returned in the pack and Peter Littlefair moved to stand off as Grant Craig had work commitments.
Ross High kicked off playing towards the club house and came out of the blocks strongly attacking the home 22 but the home forwards won some decent possession and the backs moved the game up the pitch.
A penalty was conceded by the visitors and Mike Lewis opened the scoring. Five minutes had been played. The home side was soon on the offensive again and it looked as though Graeme Fairgrieve must score in the top corner but a last ditch tackle from Ross full back Ryan Hook saved a try.
From a scrum on the Ross High line which North Berwick were driving toward the line, Ross High scrum half Barry Scott illegally stole the ball and was sin binned. Jamie Dove called another scrum but somehow the score didn’t come and the danger was averted.
There was another chance for Fairgrieve that looked to be a run in but it came to naught and the score stayed the same. Ross High won a penalty in twenty minutes and Hook stepped up to level the scores. Connor Johnson had a chance on the left wing but a mix up between him and Jamie Armstrong allowed Ross to clear the danger.
On the half hour mark, North Berwick won a line out on the visitor’s 22 and Fairgrieve came off his wing and Littlefair passed the ball inside for him to power between the posts. Lewis converted and it was assumed that this would settle the home side. Ross High had other ideas and decided to play the game through their big forwards and Hook reduced the deficit with a well struck penalty five minutes later. They continued to attack and it was with some relief that the half ended at North Berwick 10 Ross High 6
The first 30 minutes of the second half was a turgid affair with the forwards slugging it out and few backs moves from either side. North Berwick had a couple of chances but the finishing again let them down.
Suddenly Ross High were in the home 22 and although the defence held for a while, they made it over the line and with the conversion took the lead.
The home side roared back and Jonny Riddell, Jamie Dove and Bhrian Buchanan led the charge carrying the ball well. Once again there were chances but the last pass went astray or wasn’t given in time.
Ross High celebrated their fourth win and built on the previous weeks draw against Berwick. The home side were left to lick their wounds.
Next Saturday sees no 1st XV match as GHK have called off but the mighty Puffin Gannets entertain Old Novocastrians from Newcastle as an ‘aperitif’ for the Calcutta Cup match on the big screen. All welcome and there will of course be half time Anderson’s Pies!