WAID emerged victorious from their battle with third placed Bannockburn to move to within two points of league leaders Panmure.
The home side went into the game knowing that defeat would have cost them second place in Caledonia League Three, given their visitors’ recent run of good form, but they need not have worried as they racked up 30 points without reply.
Waid had a full squad to select from and captain Kevin Anderson was able to blend a mixture of youth and experience to find the winning formula in front of a large home support.
Speaking after the game he said: “It was important for us to win today and the bonus point allows us to keep the pressure on Panmure. The forwards won the battle up front... our set plays were excellent and we denied them the ball.”
WAID had the better of the opening exchanges against Bannockburn as skipper Anderson was in imperious form, being dominant in the lineout and wreaking havoc for his opposite number in the scrums.
This provided the perfect platform for Waid to move into opposition territory and after several phases of play, Waid scored their first try.
The forwards battered their way into the 22 and Waid centre Richard Bach was released and ran outside his man to score the try. Paul Lindsay pulled the conversion wide but Waid held a deserved 5-0 lead.
Linsday made amends with a penalty in front of the posts and Eric Anderson extended the lead with a try after centre Allan Drysdale off-loaded and Anderson powered over behind the posts.
Lindsay added the extra two points for the conversion to move Waid 15-0 ahead. Lindsay had time to extend the lead to 18 points before half-time with his second penalty.
The visitors were reduced to 14 men when their full-back took a cheap-shot punch at Waid flanker Gary McLaggan and Waid used the advantage to create a good attacking platform to feed full-back Scott Busby to score his first league try of the season. Lindsay converted the try to put the game safe and move Waid 25-0 ahead.
Waid collected the try-scoring bonus point when Gary McLaggan rounded off a fine attacking move from quick tap penalties in the dying minutes. Lindsay couldn’t convert from wide but Waid were 30-0 ahead and this was to prove the final score.
The only down-side to the game on Saturday was the loss of young scrum-half Kieran Doak to injury. Thankfully there appears to be no serious damage and Doak may be fit again within the month. Man of the match went to Eric Anderson.
This weekend Waid have a break from league duty to host Shetland in the National Bowl Competition. Due to the visitors’ travel arrangements, the game will begin at 11am at Waid Park, Anstruther.
Training for the FPs continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Waid Centre at 7pm.