Waid FP 1st XV - Report
Stobswell RFC 22 - 7 Waid Academy FPRFC
Waid looked to continue their impressive recent form with a victory over Dundee side Stobswell.
Unfortunately, the home side Stobswell had other plans and Waid had to settle for second place in this battle, which was no more than they deserved.
However, the danger was not over and done with and Waid attacked the line hard. Eventually, lock Mark Stormonth, making his rugby comeback, got his hands on the ball and made an immediate impact when he forced his opponents out of his path and dived over for the first try of the day. Another two points were added when Sian Linton put over the conversion. Waid were soon at a disadvantage when their stand off Steven Denny was taken off after a break in his hand.
Waid reshuffled their line and looked certain to be the dominating side for the remainder of the day, but soon after, seemed to take their foot off the gas. Stobswell exploited this and the away side soon found themselves camped in their own twenty two. After a few close calls, Waid were able to hold the ball up resulting in a scrum for the Anstruther men.
Stobswell were eventually rewarded for their determination when their stand-off created a gap for the home side’s centre to trundle through for their first score of the day. The conversion was missed meaning Waid were still on top for now.
After the half, each team attempted to break one another’s line and much to Waid’s displeasure, Stobswell were the team to break the line first and put another past the East Neuk team to put them 10 - 7 in the lead.
Certainly not out of the game, the away side put up their heavy runners in Kato Blockley, Eric Anderson and Mark Stormonth. Although good ground was made, slow support saw the opposition regain possession. Stobswell’s flanker broke away and burst through the line only to be taken down by the Waid Full back. However, still in possession, Stobswell simply shipped the ball to the opposite wing where cover was short and another score was on the board for the Angus men.
Things went from bad to worse for Waid when they were down to 13 men after two of their players were sin binned for illegal play and backchat to the referee. Waid did up their game and Centre Allan Drysdale and Prop Duncan Fraser hit the opposition hard and Waid looked to revert to being the stronger team and were edging closer to the line. Poor decision making from the referee did not help matters and the ball was soon turned again. Superb defensive work from Eric Anderson and Stormonth ensured the Waid line remained safe for now.
Waid were awarded a penalty just inside the opposition’s half and was taken quickly. Unfortunately, their runner was isolated meaning the home side had been gifted possession. To add insult to injury, they practically ran through the Waid defence and scored their third try. A fourth was scored just before the final whistle leaving Waid empty handed in what was such an important league game.
Captain Allan Drysdale said after the game, “Today was extremely disappointing. We know we are a much better team than the Waid side that played on that pitch today. We have 3 games left before the league splits and we will ensure we win every one of these games to guarantee a top 4 finish!”
Man of the Match was Mark Stormonth who was influential in every department.
Waid are at home to Arbroath next Saturday with a kick off time of 3pm.
Waid’s 125th Anniversary dinner is taking place on 9th November with speakers Gavin Hastings and Willie Allan. Anyone wishing to attend, please contact Brian Adamson via www.pitchero.com/clubs/waidacademyfp/