Narrow loss for Strathmore’s first XV

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Strathie hosted near neighbours Morgan in a close local derby match on Saturday down at Inchmacoble Forfar.

Yet again the weather gods were having fun and sent wind and rain for the players and supporters who braved the elements, which as expected resulted in a forwards game with lots of handling errors and little ball for the backs. Morgan started strongly with a wind assisted first half running in a score of 20 points to nil at half time.

With clean dry shirts on their back Strathie started the second half as Morgan had, wind assistance and tries from Fraser McKay, Kyle Mitchell and Colin Strachan along with two conversions from Fraser McKay brought the home team to within a point to level. Good pressure from Strathie had Morgan camped in their own 22 with the clock counting down but it wasn’t to be and Morgan held out for an away victory.

Stuart Gray, club captain, said: “A 20-0 half time score to Morgan was too big a hill for Strathie to climb despite a spirited come back in horrible conditions.”

Strathmore are sitting fifth in the Caledonia league Division 1 now only one point ahead of Morgan who have a game in hand. Perthshire and Dunfermline are now stepping away from the other teams in the league.