Clackmannanshire Colts

Kirkcaldy Colts 12 Clacks Colts  7

 

Clacks Colts just lost out to League Title contenders Kirkcaldy at a blustery Beveridge Park. The defeat leaves the Clacks youngsters with a huge fixture against Angus Colts at Earlsfield on March 21st where a victory should just about be enough to clinch the league title.

 

Playing with a strong wind at their backs Clacks made the worst possible start conceding an early try which was converted. This early score shook Clacks who looked a bit uncertain in the tackle and were struggling to find a rhythm to their game. However as the half progressed, Clacks began to put a few phases together and gaps appeared in the home defence. Eventually Kirkcaldy ran out of numbers and Liam Kennedy forced his way over for an excellent try. Alan Keir’s conversion drew the scores level at the break.

 

The second period, much like the first, was an even affair however the strengthening wind did allow Kirkcaldy the get out of jail card whereby they could just hoof the ball up the park. Clacks had to work hard for their yards and although David Bridgeman, Jamie Rankine and Fraser Donaldson did their utmost, their attacks tended to come from deep and eventually ran out of support.  The Clacks scrum was also a bit unsteady which also made life difficult for Gary Taylor to attack from the number eight position. As the game moved into it’s final phase there was a feeling that the game was either heading for a draw or that the bounce of the ball would settle the match – unfortunately for Clacks it was to be the latter. A Kirkcaldy chip through was deemed to have stayed in play and Fraser Donaldson was adjudged not to have got downward pressure on the ball before the follow up Kirkcaldy player dived on the ball.

 

A loss was probably harsh on the Clacks lads who deserved more that their losing bonus point. However this was a young Clacks fifteen who were playing against a Kirkcaldy club very much on the up whose senior 1ST XV were destined to win the Premier Division Three title the same day.