The Blue and Golds started league business with a fighting win over Grangemouth 2nd XV last weekend.

With a few late call offs, Coach Alan Webster had to get stripped and start on the bench with only one other substitute.

The Grangemouth side fielded a large pack and the stage was set for a home pack versus visiting backs competition.

However it turned out that the Crieff and Strathearn forwards who played a major part in their win.

After some heavy rain showers, the visitors started off taking the game to Grangemouth with nearly the first fifteen minutes played in the home half.

This resulted in two penalty’s to the Blue and Golds which Gavin Tainsh duly converted. Then it was time for big brother Andrew to get in on the act.

After continual pressure on the home side, Andrew found the space to accelerate through a gap to score under the posts and Gavin then converted.

The home side did eventually get some reward for their efforts to score a try and conversion before half time,from a scrum which put the visitors on the back foot but they held on to lead 7-13 at the break In the second half the home teams forwards cranked up the pressure and were camped in the Blue and Golds half of the pitch.

Only great determination from the visiting team and some terrific tackling stopped them scoring.

Indeed Grangemouth won nearly every scrum, pushing the visitors back, time and time again.

Then to Grangemouth’s consternation the ball broke to Andrew Tainsh who galloped up the park to score a try, against the run of play at that point.

Then to rub salt in Coach Webster slipped sub Greg Coul onto the wing and after a massive punt up the park from Gavin Tainsh, Greg’s fresh legs charged upfield and snatched a sensational try in the corner.

But the continued pressure from Grangemouth did take its toll on the visitors, as Man of the Match, George Davis had to come off due to a leg injury and Coach Webster coming on to steady the ship for the final minutes.

The Blue and Golds held on to take the points with a vital 33-12 victory. and sets the team up nicely for this Saturdays home game against Blairgowrie.