Lasswade get back to winning ways


Only Kirkcaldy and Greenock stood between Lasswade and the bottom spot, making this match a must win for the 
Midlothian side.

Lasswade dominated the early exchanges and with just seven minutes gone the ball was swung from a ruck on the right touchline inside the Kirkcaldy 22 to Andy Hall with an overlap on the left and he rounded his opposite number to touch down in the corner.

The home side continued to have most of the territory and position but it needed their stock stand-by of a short range catch and drive on the half hour to add their second try. Hunter claimed this one and Smith’s conversion made it 12-0. Just six minutes later Andy Hall took a second opportunity to show his pace and at three unanswered tries the game began to look to be secure even at that early stage.

Kirkcaldy had other ideas. With just a minute of the half left they worked their way up the park mostly through their bulky forwards until Mitchell was able to ground the ball at the front base of the post pads making for an easy two points by Smith and a half time score of 17-7.

A penalty either side of the hour allowed Smith to narrow the deficit to four points. Ten minutes later another raking kick set up a line out six metres from the Lasswade line. When the catch and drive broke down to a ruck, the ball was flicked blind to prop Mangalo whose considerable bulk proved unstoppable from five metres out. Smith was unable to extend the one point lead as the conversion slipped wide.

Kirkcaly set about defending what would be only their second win of this League season. Lasswade on the other hand attacked all the harder and runs by Cieran Lamont and by their man of the match, Dougie Hearn, took play deep into the visitors 22. With just five minutes left a line-out 10 metres from the Fifers’ line set up another catch and drive with Donald Hearn touching down to claim the four-try bonus point and retake the lead at 22-18.

Needing at least a try to win, Kirkcaldy could not crack the Lasswade defence again and the home side held on for a massive victory.