HAVING gone without a win this year, Waid FP were desperate to end their 2013 hoodoo.
However, it didn’t take too long for Grangemouth RFC to get going as they capitalised on an error made by the Waid defence.
A penalty shortly followed and Waid were down by eight points to nil.
Some frustration followed between the two sides and young Waid scrum half George Hodge saw yellow and was the first man of the day to spend ten minutes in the sin bin.
However, Waid still managed to put up a score when hooker Kevin Anderson tactically kicked into the corner for winger Mark McKenzie to race up the line and touch down for Waid’s first score.
Waid were rewarded for their persistence to break the line after Lucas Miskiewicz found a gap and crashed over the line. The try was converted and Waid went in front.
The second half started with Waid now looking convincingly, the stronger side.
Following a small ruck near the sideline, stand off Keiran Doak cleverly picked and ran up the blindside.
Still with men to beat, Doak skilfully side stepped his men to be presented with a clear path for an excellent score.
Grangemouth fought their way back though, and were compensated with a converted try after their powerful forward found an opening in the defensive line and with both sides ill at ease in such a tight game, tempers began to flare.
Flanker Graham Gourlay and the away side’s number ten both saw yellow after coming to blows regarding a disagreement in play.
The home side were not comfortable with the small gap in the score line and so decided another try was necessary to put the nerves to rest. This score came through Gary McLaggan after he was put in space and broke through the line at a rapid pace.
Despite the breathing room, Grangemouth still pounded the Waid pack and had it not been for the 110 per cent commitment from McLaggan, the visitors would surely have found another score.
The final whistle sounded and a relieved home side sighed a breath of relief.
Captain Adam Shaw said: “We made it hard work for ourselves today but I am pleased with our first win of the year. Grangemouth certainly caused us some problems, but we were able to handle almost anything they threw at us.”
Next week, Waid travel to Bannockburn with a 3 p.m. kick off.
The club’s under 18s were also in action, playing just before the senior side as they ran out 45-20 victors over Montrose.
The Waid tries were scored on the day by Callum Dunn, Robert Melville, Kieron Gilmour, Ally Brunton, Jack Wilson, Dylan Muir and Bruce Hawkins with Dunn slotting five of the seven conversions to add to the scoring.