1st XV unbeaten record at home is finally over!Mike Robins
Hillfoots 22-29 Orkney
Hillfoots unbeaten run at home ended in the mud at Tillicoultry on Saturday morning. The visitors coped much better with the heavy conditions and ran out deserved winners by 5 tries to 4. Orkney kicked off downhill and soon had ‘Foots under pressure.Good ball retention led to Orkneys first score. Hillfoots reponse was swift and Keith Slade reduced the lead with an unconverted score. Orkney hit back and increased their lead with another converted try. ‘Foots were working hard but Orkney were proving to be no pushovers. Hillfoots were putting together some good passages of play and eventually Paul Slade crashed over in the corner. With half time approaching and the slope in the second half beckoning, Hillfoots switched off and Orkney crashed over to go into the break with a 9 point lead.
Hillfoots started the second half well but a lack of composure was to be their downfall.After battering the visitors line for 10 minutes, a fumble in the middle of the park was hacked upfield by Orkney and the visiting winger won the race to the line. From the kick off ‘Foots headed straight back into the visitors ’22. Pressure from the forwards resulted in a couple of penalties. Opting for the scrum Hillfoots eventually drove Orkney back for Gav Spowage to touchdown. Once again Hillfoots switched off and Orkney drove themselves upfield eventually crashing over in the top lefthand corner. At 29-15 Hillfoots were in danger of taking nothing from this game. From the kick off Hillfoots turned the ball over and drove deep into the visitors half. A couple of pick and gos later and the gap opened up for Gav Spowage to collect his second of the day and bonus try point. Gregor Manson slotted the all important conversion to give them a losing bonus point