Strathie beaten at league’s new boys RAF Lossiemouth

Strathmore first XV were on their travels again on Saturday away to RAF Lossiemouth and were in a buoyant mood following last Saturday’s victory away to Hillfoots however, without a few key players, head coach Stewart Ross was cautious in his approach to this game.

Ross Black was also making his debut for Strathmore.

Strathie started the game strongly against the leagues newcomers however it was the RAF boys who took an early lead following missed tackles by the men in black allowing their centre to crash over and put them in front.

It wasn’t long before the home team were two tries to the good albeit without both conversions points, however still 10 points in front of Strathmore.

The men in black had to dig deep and finally managed to put points on the board with a well-worked try.

Fergus Mitchell picking up the ball from the back of a ruck and going on a rampage full of power and pace up the wing before crashing over the whitewash.

Struan Robertson added the conversion much to the delight of the Strathie supporters.

With their tails up and the wind behind them the Inchmacoble boys looked stronger and stronger as the half wore on and were awarded a penalty in the Lossiemouth half which Struan Robertson slotted over to bring it all square 10-10.

However Lossiemouth were awarded a penalty of their own which they scored to bring the half to an end.

It was Lossiemouth who started the brighter in the second half and capitalised on basic handling errors by Strathie and started to pull away in the game.

Fraser Mackay scored Strathie’s only points in the second half with a try from a quick tap and go five metres out.

The game finished 29-15 to Lossiemouth.

Head coach Stewart Ross said: “A frustrating day for the boys, no question of the heart and effort from them just some basic errors cost us in the end. This is going to be a tough place for all teams to come but we will look forward to the return match in Forfar.”

This weekend Strathmore are home to Hillfoots in the cup who will be looking to avenge a recent league loss.