Mistakes costly for Waid

Blair challenge the lineout thrown in by Waid
Blair challenge the lineout thrown in by Waid
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It was a blustery Saturday at Waid Park on Anstruther where the home side welcomed Blairgowrie.

When the game kicked off, the home side found themselves under heavy pressure immediately.

The high wind was causing the home side to stumble with the ball.

A blocked kick landed in the scoring zone and the away team took the first points when their forward pounded on the loose ball. Waid were awarded a penalty for a Blair player not releasing the tackler and Waid stand-off Paul Lindsay had no problem slotting the ball between the posts.

The East Neuk men took the lead after Lindsay kicked ahead, which was recovered by Adam Shaw.

Shaw managed to pop up to scrum-half Kieran Doak, who went over for the score.

Not a team to accept defeat, Blair pounced back straight away and found space on the wing to score their second.

However, after a cleverly worked move in the centre, Shaw found a great line through and ran half the pitch to ensure Waid had the lead at half-time.

The second half saw another penalty for Waid early on but they also conceded a try when the visitors used slow ball repeatedly near the try line before a great pop to their flanker saw no one stop him scoring.

Eventually, Doak was able to spot a gap and superbly slotted through for his second try.

With 10 minutes to go, Waid were up by only four points and the pressure was really starting to show.

However, the home side lost two late scores through mistakes which saw the win frustratingly slip away, with Blairgowrie winning 34-25.

After the match, captain Craig Stevenson said: “We’re gutted to suffer yet another defeat in the league but there are signs of improvement.

“Basic mistakes meant we paid the price and suffered an agonising defeat.”

Man of the match was awarded to Kieran Doak, who is sponsored by Redpaths Renovations.

Next week, Waid travel up the road to take on old rivals Madras for the David Joy Vase. Kick-off is 2pm at Station Park.

Further afield, Waid’s over 35 team, the Waid Buccaneers, travelled south to Southampton to play Millbrook RFC.

The game was unfortunately lost 20-5, with Harry Brown scoring Waid’s only try.