The Blue and Golds traveled to Blairgowrie last Saturday to take on the Rams in a league match. With Crieff and Strathearn winning the earlier league encounter, the Blair team were looking to return the favour on their own pitch.

Coach Alan Webster travelled up with a squad heavy with forwards and no cover for the backs. Blairgowrie were at full strength and so the stage was set for a good game.

It was the Blue and Golds who put the first points on the board with two penalties from Gavin Tainsh, with one reply from Blair. Then Andrew Tainsh capitalised from a spilled ball and ran over half the length of the pitch with three Blairgowrie players in pursuit but Tainsh put the pedal to the metal and scored between the posts.

This galvanised the home team who scored from an overlap then added another when their winger burst through after a couple of missed tackles from the visitors. This brought the match all square and was anyone’s game at this point.

Then some indiscipline from the Blue and Golds when not retreating 10 metres allowed Blairgowrie to attack from short range and score just before half time.

The second half started well for the home team with a surging run from their No.8 to put them further ahead.

The Blue and Golds, as is the norm this season, did not give up and scored a try from Mike Kjestrup and was duly converted.

Crieff and Strathearn at this stage were in the ascendency and were lifted when the Blair skipper was yellow carded for continual offside. Rather than taking advantage the Blue and Golds also received yellow cards to Jack Loxley and Gavin Tainsh.

In such a finely balanced, game the loss of two influential players was too much and Blair added another try to their tally.

Crieff and Strathearn pushed the home team all the way to the end and despite another penalty simply ran out of time to win the game. Final score Blairgowrie 32-27 Crieff & Strathearn.

So, defeat to the local side – but gaining a losing bonus point was some consolation. Coach Alan Webster needs another couple of backs to strengthen the side but will hopefully have that this Saturday when Fife Southern visit the Braidhaugh for league business. Kick-off is at 2pm The Rugby Club Christmas Dance is on the December 14. Always a great night. Contact Pierre on 07901 948989 for ticket requirements.