Gritty Howe leave it late in the City of Discovery

Chris Mason
Chris Mason
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Dundee HSFP.......................14

Howe of Fife........................17

Howe played Dundee HSFP in the RBS Caledonia Cup on Saturday and came away from Mayfield with a hard fought win.

The result leaves them at the top of the Caledonia section of the competition with one match, against Aberdeen GSFP, to be played at home on Saturday week.

Howe shocked their hosts with a try in just three minutes.

Chris Mason got up to win a lineout on the right, a man was missed out in the centre and Graham Thomson joined the line from full back to put Murray Calcutt clear.

Girvin Imrie made a strong run up field, which was carried on by Thomson and Angus Guthrie, for Terry Turpie to take the latter’s pass and crash over at the left corner.

This time Martin’s conversion was good and Howe led 12-0.

The best Dundee could manage was a couple of penalties kicked by stand off Bryce Hosie after 17 and 35 minutes as Howe defended their line to the last man.

There was more of the same in the second half with Dundee attacking through their forwards and Howe defending for all they were worth.

Nick Alston knocked another three points off Howe’s lead when he was there with a kick from five yards outside the 25 after 20 minutes.

Replacement Howe wing Calum Willison was then binned for a deliberate knock on.

Two minutes later Dundee won a lineout near Howe’s line and scrum half Andy Dymock eventually got over for a try which was not converted.

Martin lined up a penalty just outside the 25 but to the dismay of his colleagues he pushed it wide.

However, referee George Whitecross had 10 minutes of stoppage time to play and nine of these minutes had gone when Howe won a lineout in Dundee’s half for players such as Chris Mason, Rory Drummond and Martin to make ground towards the line.

While Mr Whitecross played advantage to Howe for an offside, the visitors swept the ball to the left for Calcutt to get outside a defender and over at the corner for the winning try.

Martin missed the conversion and the no-side whistle sounded to give Howe a super win. Prop Greg Stout and young wing Denis Potter played well in only their second games, but this was a great team performance.