Title chasers clash but sorry ‘Burgh are no match

Howe standoff, Dom Martin starts an attacking run.
Howe standoff, Dom Martin starts an attacking run.

Howe of Fife.......................58


Third and second placed clubs went ahead at Duffus Park where Musselburgh were the latest opposition to suffer at the hands of Howe.

In reasonable conditions, the homesters were first to show, scoring after five minutes.

Rory Drummond took a tap and then bustled 25 yards to score at the posts, Dom Martin converting.

Danny Owenson replied with a lengthy penalty, but Howe scored again on 15 minutes when Girvin Imrie the time and space to cross for a try.

Following that, a Howe dropped ball in midfield led to a kick and chase and a try for wing forward Andy Lamb which Owenson converted.

Martin kicked a penalty for Howe.

Owenson brought the score back to 13-15 with another penalty but Drummond scored off a blind-side move.

After the interval Drummond scored his third try.

Soon after this Andy McLean was put over in the right corner after another lineout.

Martin converted from far out on the right touchline, to get his 200 points for the season.

Brodie Runciman and Jamie Ritchie came on as replacements for the homesters, and soon after the other ex-Dundee player who has also been out injured since he returned, Iain Wilson, supported well to get a try in the same location as McLean, which was converted.

Wilson doubled his tally of tries two minutes later, this time scoring after a short penalty move.

The visitors got a consolation score when replacement wing forward Claudio Ferreira charged down a Martin chip and ran 25 yards for the try which Owenson converted.

Howe pirated Musselburgh possession inside the visitors’ 25 for Chris Mason to go over between the posts for Martin to convert.

Finally Drummond forceD his way over for his fourth try, Martin again converting.