Fight continues for second spot: Bannockburn 10 - Waid Academy FP 17

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WAID FPs emerged victorious from their annual rugby battle at Bannockburn to continue their quest for second place in Caledonia League 3.

With the main pitch at Bannockburn unavailable because of damaged posts, the game was played at nearby Wallace High School.

Set against the backdrop of the Wallace Monument, the scene was set for a momentous clash.

The weather had its part to play, with a fierce and biting wind providing a huge advantage to the team playing with it.

Waid started with vice-captain Craig Stevenson in charge for the day and gave first league starts to Rory Doak in the front row and Alan Corstorphine at second row, with Kevin Anderson and Fergus Middleton providing cover among the substitutes.

Stevenson lost the toss and Bannockburn took the strong wind advantage for the first half.

Waid started well and controlled the initial phases through their strong forward pack.

A crooked lineout and a blatant block in the centre were both missed by the referee, who allowed play to continue, and Bannockburn used the extra man well to exploit the space and score in the corner.

The conversion was missed and Waid trailed 5-0.

Waid got back in the game after some inspired play by their pacy backs.

Centre Mark McKenzie set off on a blistering run, ripping apart the home defence. A clever offload saw Kato Blockley power on and pass to the supporting Kieran Doak, who burst clear, side-stepped his man and scored under the posts. Adam Shaw converted to put Waid ahead.

Bannockburn got themselves back in front when full-back Steven Denny failed to clear a long kick. This gave the home side a platform to attack and they ran a move down the left with a grubber kick through. Mark McKenzie looked to have beaten his man for pace and kicked the ball dead; however, the referee awarded the try to the home side.

Waid responded well and started the second half with a massive wind advantage behind them. The pressure started to mount and Adam Shaw took a quick tap penalty and burst through the bedraggled defence to score. He converted to move Waid 14-10 ahead.

Conditions worsened but Paul Hanlon slotted a late penalty to put Waid seven points clear.

Next for Waid is a trip to Stirling to face Bridgehaugh this weekend. Kick-off is 2pm and travel details will be on the Waid website.