1st XV add another victory to the tally – Mackie Academy

1st XV add another victory to the tally – Mackie Academy

Hillfoots 47-12 Mackie Academy
Hillfoots efforts to move away from the bottom half of the table continued at Tillicoultry on Saturday with a convincing 8 tries to 2 victory over bottom side Mackie.

Hillfoots started the game well but a string of penalties put the homeside under a bit of pressure.  Fortunately for ‘Foots, the Mackie kicker was having an off day and missed 2 easy penalties.  Spurred on by this, Hillfoots drove up field and began to lay siege to the visitors line.  Ali Page put Hillfoots ahead with a well struck penalt, before Ian Nicholson scythed his way through the Mackie defence to touch down.  Failure to deal with the kick off saw Mackie regain possesion and drive deep into the ‘Foots ’22.  After several drives for the line Mackie eventually forced their way over for an unconverted score.  Hillfoots reply was almost immediate.  The ball was turned over just inside the Mackie half.  The backs took the ball into the ’22 before handing over to the forwards.  The forwards took it to within 5 metres and after several drives were held up David Cree picked and drove over to score.  Ali Page converted.
Half time 15-5
The second half belonged to Hillfoots.  The forwards were begining to dominate the set piece and with backs running some clever angles it wasn’t long before Kevin Aitken extended ‘Foots lead.  Gavin Paterson was next on the scoresheet, securing the bonus point.  Hillfoots were begining to find gaps all over the field.  Jamie Doyle was next to score before Gregor McIntosh made sure the forwards weren’t forgotten about on the scoresheet.  A brief lull saw the vistore claw back a score.  However, this was a minor setback as Ian Nicholson grabbed his second of the day before man of the match, Jamie Doyle got his second after good inter play from the backs and forwards allowed Doyle to scamper in from the 10 metre line.
A solid performance from 1 to 18 and the ‘Foots side can’t wait for the visit of St Andrews Uni next week, hoping to turn around that opening day defeat.

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