More misery for Howe who slip to another defeat

Howe's Willie Wardlaw is stopped before the Dundee try line.
Howe's Willie Wardlaw is stopped before the Dundee try line.

Howe of Fife.........................6

Dundee HSFP......................32

At Duffus Park Howe suffered another defeat, the fourth in a row, and another match in which they failed to be competitive in the scrums.

They have had a lot of injuries this year, and have used a massive 43 players in 14 matches.

Three of their regulars are missing from the pack and the heartaches will continue until such time as these players are restored to fitness and can take their place once more on the field.

After Duncan Leese, the Dundee stand off, crashed a penalty off the left upright and back out, the visitors went ahead with a try by centre Matt O’Sullivan after a lengthy build up involving backs and forwards.

Leese missed the conversion but added a penalty for offside so that the visitors held a lead of 8-0 after nine minutes.

Howe came more into the game after this, although the scrums with the visitors putting in often resulted in a penalty.

They got a penalty inside the Dundee 25 which Angus Guthrie kicked, and 8-3 was still the score when half time came around.

Dundee were soon pressing on the Howe line after the interval and they took a lineout on the left which they drove.

Hooker John Brady barrelled over for a try which was not converted.

Guthrie replied with his second penalty, making the score 6-13, but the injury jinx hit again when Callum Willison and then Stewart Lathangie were forced off.

Dundee extended their lead at the start of the last quarter when Nick Alston the other centre, ran strongly through the Howe defence to score at the posts for Leese to convert.

He was followed two minutes from the end of normal time by second row Connor Ward with a drive from a lineout, which was again converted.

Finally Wood was there again to complete a move deep into injury time.

Although there was no conversion this time it was a convincing win for the visitors who are in third place in the table.

Howe slip to sixth and now face a trip to face GHA at Braidholm with a number of problems to occupy their minds, not least how to hold their own in the scrums.

How will look to bring an end to that run before the festive break this weekend.