Hillfoots travelled to Carleton Park on Saturday and lost by the narrowest of margins. Hillfoots started poorly, and at the end of the first quarter found themselves two converted scores down. There was no structure to ‘Foots’ game and the home side benefited from a disjointed performance. During the second conversion, coach Stuart McGee read the riot act and the response was instant. From the kick off, ‘Foots turned the ball over and spread it wide. A neat offload from Paterson to Mcculloch saw the ball taken into the Glens ’22. A good cover tackle looked to have killed the move, but another perfectly timed offload to Gareth Parry saw the Welshman crash over. Manson converted. Hillfoots were playing with purpose now and creating oppurtunities. The back three of Kenny Paterson, Euan Jamieson and Kev Aitken were beginning to function as a unit, fielding everything that was thrown at them and making plenty of yards in the process. A Gregor Manson penalty brought the deficit back to four points. On the stroke of half time ‘Foots grabbed the lead. Once again, ball was turned over and moved quickly to the left. Three phases later and it was Parry again that finished off.
Half-time: Glenrothes 14 – 15 Hillfoots
Hillfoots started the second half slowly again, allowing the home side to snatch back the lead with another converted try. Spurred on by this setback, ‘Foots quickly got back into gear. Hamilton’s boot was in good form, regularly putting the home side back into their own ’22. A lineout was secured, and neat hands saw the ball shipped out to Gavin Paterson – the big man still had work to do but managed to power his way over the line. Trailing by a point, Hillfoots entered the final five minutes with a scrum in front of the posts. The resultant scrum was a shambles, however Gregor Mcintosh managed to secure the ball and set off for the line. With a mass of bodies being driven towards the line, the stand in No. 8 showed great strength to keep control of the ball and touchdown. Hamilton converted. Six points in front and only two minutes to go. From the kick off, a blatant shoulder charge on the receiver saw ’Foots spill the ball. Glens reacted quickest, and good hands moved the ball out to the home fullback who had the pace to go over in the corner. With the same player just having missed a penalty in front of the posts, the visiting support were confident the conversion would go the same way. It wasn’t to be and the fullback showed great composure to slot the kick between the posts.
Mark Hunter was voted Man of the Match, pushed close by Derek Paterson and Sandy Hewitt, who improves with every game.
The game however was lost in the first quarter – ‘Foots can’t afford to start as slowly again.
The 1st XV have a week off next week, followed by two home games – let’s make sure the boys have big support before going into the break for Autumn Internationals.