Strathmore RFC return to winning ways

Strathmore 1st XV beat Glenrothes 44-26 on Saturday down at Inchmacoble as they bounced back to winning ways after suffering a defeat away to Dunfermline last weekend.

On five minutes Strathie kicked to the corner instead of going for the points with a penalty and it paid off for them.

After three phases of play Andrew Coupar went over the whitewash to score his first try of the season. Murray Mitchell converted.

Glenrothes defended hard for a good 10 minutes and broke from an offside, levelling the score 7-7.

It wasn’t long before Murray Mitchell got two penalty kicks in succession stretching Strathie’s lead to 13-7 much to the relief of the home support.

Murray Mitchell scored a great try and duly converted keeping Strathmore well in front.

Glenrothes scored a try after a flimsy Strathie defence were caught on their heels.

Scrum half Tom Cargill scored his first try of the season after a great run from vice captain Dave Smith.

A try from winger James Kiely after breaking three tackles settled the home team. Prop Lee Alexander added the conversion.

Glenrothes again exposed a shaky Strathmore defence and scored another try.

Strathmore were awarded another kickable penalty and up stepped prop Lee Alexander to slot it beautifully between the uprights.

Glenrothes scored another converted try to make the home support more nervous than they needed to be with only three minutes to play.

Ally Smith broke down the wing to set up Dave Smith to score his second try of the day with Murray Mitchell adding the conversion.

The Strathmore Griffins and Montrose’s joint venture as Angus Development team played their home game against Waid in Montrose on Saturday and although losing to a more experienced side 17-45 the coaches were happy with the young guns’ performance.

Montrose coach Ali Bell said: “A lot of our guys haven’t played competitive rugby in a couple of years and it showed. We missed a few tackles but we are definitely going in the right direction.”