After a turbulent week for the club, Strathmore managed to power past a physical Highland side to remain unbeaten in Caledonia’s top tier.
The win keeps the club in good spirits after the sad passing of long time clubman Greame ‘Dinger’ Bell. Victories from both first and second fifteen sides at the weekend helped celebrate his involvement with the lochside club; his presence will be sadly missed but also fondly remembered.
After a minutes silence, Strathmore started the match with real purpose, led by captain Stuart Gray. The men in black set up camp in the Highland 22, but despite good runs from Smith and McKay, they were unable to find the final pass to cross the whitewash. A penalty from fly-half Stewart Ross was all the Inchmachoble men could muster in the first half, leaving the scores close at half time.
At the break, Strathmore were encouraged to keep their composure in the face of a defiant Inverness side. This message from the coach was taken on board, as winger Gavin Tallet cut inside his man to score the first try of the evening.
Strathmore seemed to find their rhythm, as the young midfield combination of Kiely and McKay combined for what must be the try of the season so far. Quick ball from Ross allowed Kiely to fix his man, and move the ball onto teenage centre McKay, who carved through the Greens defence in trademark style.
Despite a late try from their impressive Fijian fullback, Highland failed to surpass a young Strathmore side set to build on these performances for years to come. Doubts surrounding Strathie’s young forward pack were cast aside as young front men Hart, Feighan and Man of the Match Ben Fotheringham all produced strong performances.
Strathmore continue their league campaign next weekend with a tough fixture away to Aberdeenshire. The club hope to build on a good start to their season by taking a result against last year’s runaway champions in Aberdeen.