Kirkcaldy U-16s 5 Montrose U-16s 29
MONTROSE Under-16s put in another strong league performance on Saturday with another bonus point win.
The squad travelled down to Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy to play their penultimate league match.
While there was no snow, the pitch was very muddy with standing water in parts.
Both coaches and the referee deemed the pitch playable but there was a slight delay to the kick-off time.
Whether it was because of this delay or the unfamiliar conditions, the Montrose team took time to gel, with unforced errors evident.
The Kirkcaldy pack was aggressive in the set piece and were showing effective counter-rucking.
Following some strong offloading, Montrose worked their way up the pitch and Kyle Clark, the captain, charged over for a well-deserved try.
Rather than build on this, Montrose seemed to lose focus and allowed Kirkcaldy in for a try.
Neither were converted and, by half time, the score was level at five-all.
From the kick-off in the second half, Montrose showed a new level of urgency.
The forwards were carrying the ball effectively to release the backs.
Within five minutes, Clark scored his second try with a mazy run from 10 yards out.
This put a spring in the Montrose team and their fitness was starting to show.
The next try came from Campbell Gordon and then Jay Docherty slid over in the corner to secure the bonus point for four tries.
The Montrose team didn’t let up and a final try came from Starkey right under the posts.
When the final whistle blew, Montrose had won the match by 29 points to five.
They had shown patience and effective teamwork to turn around the match in the second half.
Man of the match, selected by the Kirkcaldy coaches, was Callum Pittendreich who had shown speed and aggression in both attack and defence.
The Under-18s match against Waid and the S1/2 match against Blairgowrie didn’t go ahead due to the weather.
This Saturday, Montrose S1/2 and Under-17s will take on Lathallan School at Union Park.
Kick-off is at 10am.
Club’s Burns Supper
On Saturday evening, the club held a Burns Supper and Ceilidh in Hillside Hall.
The speeches were delivered by club members and there was an amazing rendition of Tam o’ Shanter presented by Gordon McKay of Peterhead.
The evening raised in excess of £700 for the club, and a further £100 was given to Gordon’s son, who will be climbing Ben Nevis on his 18th birthday to raise funds for the Friends of the Special Nursery in Aberdeen.