Great comeback by Glenrothes in friendly win

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Glenrothes came back from a 23-15 half-time deficit against Glasgow Accies to run out 43-26 winners in their final pre-season friendly match at Carleton on Saturday.

Tries from Shaun Gray (2), Cameron Goodall, Rhys Bryce, Gary Linton and a penalty try were added to by five Stevie Dean conversions and a penalty kick.

Glens were slow to get started and left far too many holes in their defensive line for a spritely Accies back line to exploit for their opening two tries scored within eight minutes of kick-off.

Shaun Gray has made his mark as a true defensive player and great tackler, but he was having an off day in the last line of defence and this allowed the visitors to run in two more tries for a 23-15 half time score.

After the turnaround Glens upped their game and the tempo of the match changed and dominated in each area for the second half which saw four tries run in with only a single penalty kick by the visitors number 14 in reply.

Both teams fielded new and inexperienced players which can only bode well for the up and coming season. At the end of the match Glens’ coaches were pleased with the positives they were able to take from the game and clear about what the squad still had to work on.

While the experience of the likes of Goodall, Crookston, Bell and Venters was key to the home team’s recovery, a lot of credit has to go to the youngsters who more than played their part.

Next up for Glens will be the visit of Carnoustie on RBS Midlands Bowl duty on Saturday.