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Glenrothes 2nd XV 21 -12 Aberfeldy

Glenrothes 2nd XV 21 -12 Aberfeldy

By Ross Anderson
4 October 2021
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Mach report by John Goodall


Glenrothes 2nd XV played their third game of the season when they entertained league newcomers Aberfeldy at Carleton Park in a contest postponed from the first week in September. At the start of the game the Glens had one win and one loss to their credit and there were again a number of changes to the lineup as more players made themselves available.
Early play was fairly even with Aberfeldy coming close after Kyle McIntosh knocked on trying to field a high ball and the opening score came from another Aberfeldy kick. This time the full back allowed the ball to bounce and his opposite number, chasing his own kick, got the luck of the bounce and ran in to the left of the posts. He was however unable to convert the try.
Aberfeldy were soon back on the Glens line but a squint lineout led to a scrum 5m from the Glens line. This was one of the strongest parts of the home team’s game and allowed an easy clearance. Play now moved to the other end of the pitch with Kevin Fleischman and Aaron Campbell coming close. Though the defence kept these thrusts at bay they did so with some elements of fortune, twice having clearances charged down. The pressure told when Iain Bell picked the ball up at the back of a 5m scrum and dived for the line. He was stopped just short but his brother Steven reacted quickly to grab the ball and force his way over the goal line. Shaun Gray’s conversion attempt bounced back from the uprights leaving the scores tied at 5-5.
The game swung back in Aberfeldy’s favour with a break down the right wing when a couple of missed tackles allowed the winger to cross the line at the corner and run behind the posts before touching down. A conversion took the score to 5-12. There was no more scoring before the interval but Glenrothes should have taken the lead when Iain Bell again broke from the back of a 5m scrum but his pass to Sean Hume was dropped with the line beckoning. Kyle McIntosh’s unfortunate day was compounded when he was forced from the pitch with a head knock to be replaced by Derek Mitchell.
Early in the second half Gray had an ambitious attempt at a penalty but the ball flew wide. Gray was then penalised for a high tackle and when immediately after this Steven Bell was similarly pulled up, the referee issued a yellow card to the Glens prop. As the game proceeded, not only were the Glens stronger in the set scrum they were also much sharper at the breakdown winning a number of penalties when tackled players held on to the ball after a tackle. It was from one such penalty that Glenrothes took the lead as the penalty led to a lineout 5m from the opposition goal line on the left hand side of the pitch. Macgregor Simpson took a clean catch and the ball was moved along the back line to Jamie Barclay who touched down in the opposite corner. An excellent conversion by Gray gave the Reds a two point lead despite being a man down.
A bullocking run from Johnnie Campbell midway through the half, took the Glens close to the goal line and when he was halted the ball was worked back to the backs. Kain Duguid sold a defender a dummy and passed to Hume who had moved from his right wing berth to the left to back up the attack. He fed Nathan Mackenzie who appeared to be stopped on the line but forced the ball down for a well deserved try. Gray converted.
The only other score in the game was a penalty by Gray taking his personal tally to seven points in the 22-12 victory. For a second XV fixture there was a good crowd on the sidelines and they enjoyed an entertaining game of rugby as the seconds continue to improve. The acid test will come next week end when the firsts are at home to Aberdeeen Wanderers and the seconds travel to face Tay Hawks in Dundee. This will be the first time when both teams are in action and will require all of the Carleton Park club’s playing resources to be available.
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