Strathie lose out to Mackie in tight game

Strathie U18s side before their game with Falkirk.
Strathie U18s side before their game with Falkirk.

Strathmore first XV headed up the A90 to Stonehaven on Saturday to play Mackie in their second league game of the season.

Buoyant from their opening league victory last week the Inchmacoble boys were determined to overturn Mackie who had defeated them twice last season.

Strathie started strongly and were rewarded following good forward play by Andrew Coupar and Bruce Morrice allowing Jeff Yarr to score a well-worked try.

Fraser Mackay added the conversion but it was Mackie who had the upper hand in the first half, leading 12-7 at half time.

The men in black responded to the coaches’ half-time team talk and put in a lot of effort forcing Mackie to give away two penalties within Mackay’s kicking range. McKay successfully put his team in front early in the second half, 12-13.

As much as Mackie tried they couldn’t break down the formidable Strathmore defence for most of the second half. However with only 10 minutes to go they did just that and went on to win the game 22-13 running in late tries.

First team coach Stewart Ross was disappointed to lose but said: “There are positives to be taken despite the defeat, generally our defence performed well as did our setpiece. We will work on support play in attack and remember to remain disciplined until the final whistle.”

The 2nd XV were home to Arbroath on Saturday and were struggling from the word go due to injuries which meant this was always going to be a tough local derby. Arbroath ran out clear winners 91-0

Strathmore U18s headed off to Falkirk on Saturday for a friendly game that they were very unfortunate to lose.

Strathmore 1st XV are home to Morgan at 3 p.m.