Howe hoisted up to third after victory

Replacement Howe of Fife flanker, Andrew Steven, looks for a defensive gap.
Replacement Howe of Fife flanker, Andrew Steven, looks for a defensive gap.

Howe of Fife........................26


This match between the two sides promoted from Division Two ended in a win for the homesters after a strong performance in the final quarter.

The five points they gained raises them to third in the league.

Howe scored in nine minutes following a scrum near the left touch, where play was moved infield and back again for Fraser Clark to get through the defence and score.

Angus Guthrie kicked an excellent conversion.

Musselburgh had the better of the next half hour although they found Howe’s defence on top form, and had to rely on the boot of their scrum half Danny Owenson to get them their points.

He found the mark from 30 yards and was successful again from a yard outside the 25 four minutes later.

Howe’s lead was lost 13 minutes after the restart when Musselburgh put together a good attacking move which resulted in a try for Geoff Berry, the stand off.

Owenson kicked the conversion.

The last quarter started with Duncan McIntyre up from full back going over in the corner.

Better still, Guthrie, who had missed a couple of reasonable kicks, landed the conversion from the touchline.

Howe now seemed to be going better and as Musselburgh fell back in defence they conceded a penalty only a few yards out.

While the visitors were sorting themselves out, Howe took a quick one and it was Michael Fedo who bundled over next to the posts and Guthrie converted.

The best was yet to come.

Musselburgh kicked downfield and Ben Mitchell took a long pass from Chris Mann, then Graham Thomson went off at the double up the right touchline.

Inside was McIntyre who took the pass and ran the 30 yards for his second try.

Although Guthrie could not convert, it was game, set and match to Howe.