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Hillfoots Rugby Football Club

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Falkirk 2nd XV 45 – 33 Hillfoots RFC Hillfoots travelled to Falkirk to face their 2nd XV, who were looking for their first win of the season. ‘Foots were looking to bounce back after their recent narrow defeat to Panmure to get back to winning ways.Unfortunately, it seems that ‘Foots had watched Italy’s first half against the All Blacks the previous night and were absent for much of the first half. This allowed the home side to run in five first half tries with four being converted, to give them a 33-0 lead at the break.Head coach Graeme Simpson said to forget the first half and start afresh in the second. Sadly, it was the home side who continued their half dominance in the opening ten minutes, scoring a further two tries, with one being converted to get a resounding 45-0 lead.Finally, with half an hour to play, ‘Foots showed what they were about. Injuries meant there was a change up in the backline and this was the catalyst needed to score some much-needed points.Martin McNee was the first to go over, finishing off a fine attack to the right of the posts. Next, Iain Anderson scored in the left-hand corner after a great driving maul couldn’t be stopped by the Falkirk pack. Kris Illingworth was the beneficiary of another fantastic maul, making Simpson very happy about bringing back the lost art of maul tries.Ian Lightly secured the bonus point try as her proved unstoppable after picking up from the back of a ruck seven metres out. Birthday boy Paul Slade scored the fifth after he bulldozed his way over after tap penalty on Falkirk’s five metre line.Ryan Butterworth should’ve added the sixth with the final play, but the final was judged to have been forward by the referee.Callum Williamson slotted four out of the five conversions giving a final score of 45-33 in favour of Falkirk.It was a case of Hillfoots losing the game rather than Falkirk winning. The visitors gave them a forty-five-point lead without the home side doing anything particularly flashy or brilliant. Poor one-on-one tackling and lack of desire from some allowed Falkirk an unassailable lead.Having said that, the fight ‘Foots showed in the final thirty minutes to score thirty-three unanswered points was tremendous. If there had been ten more minutes, the result could’ve been different.Iain Anderson and Ian Lightly both carried well and were standouts in the pack with Danny Cockroft and Callum Williamson orchestrating the final half an hour excellently.Martin McNee was awarded man of the match for his industrious work all game, whether on the wing or in the centres, and was awarded with a try.Hillfoots are on the road to Carnoustie this Saturday, who are level on points with the Wee County side. Lets hope ‘Foots can pick up from the second half performance and big up another win on the road. ... See MoreSee Less
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Well done to The Volunteer Arms for featuring in the good beer guide 2024! Why not pop down during the World Cup and sample some of the beers they have on tap 🍺Well done again team🥳We are delighted to say that we are in The Good Beer Guide 2024! A big thank you to Belhaven and Forth Valley CAMRA and to all the suppliers for all your help and support over the past year and a half 🍺 And to everyone that has came in a bought a pint thank you for your continued support 🍻 John, Anne, Elisha, Shevonne, Leona and Pip 🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
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Stuck in till the end. We go again next weekend 🐏 ... See MoreSee Less
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Hard first half on the road. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our team to face Falkirk Rugby ClubThe guys have rested well after last weekend off and trained hard for this upcoming game 💪Lets support the boys in an exciting game this weekend! 🐏 ... See MoreSee Less
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