Crieff & Strathearn 1st XV ........... 35

Grangemouth 2nd XV .................. 22

Last Saturday Crieff & Strathearn welcomed Grangemouth 2's to the Braidhaugh for a league match.

With heavy rain the previous night the pitch was very heavy but still playable.

The Blue and Golds started well and defended some early pressure from the visitors. They then won the first points of the day with Charlie Leckie stealing the ball and shipping it out to the backs. Strong running from Andrew Tainsh helped him score the first try of the day which was duly converted.

The homesters were pretty dominant at this stage and controlled the game well. Another try from Bosh Wishart kept the scoreboard ticking over. With only a consolation try from Grangemouth just before half time, the Blue and Golds were running the match.

Second half started in pretty much the same vane with another Flett try. Then due to persistent penaltys, Jim Leishman took a yellow card for the team. This was quickly followed by another yellow for dissent for skipper Stuart Guntley.

The Blue and Golds were now down to 13 men and this gave Grangemouth a lift. They produced a couple of scores to narrow the score to 30-22. Unecessarily this pruduced unease in the large home crowd but the balance was restored after the yellow cards had expired and Ryan Flett scored late on to make the final score 35-22.

So a bonus point win from the local side and great performance from man of the match Charlie Leckie.This score puts Crieff & Strathearn at the top of the league but big games lie ahead.

This Saturday the Blue and Golds are away to local rivals Perthshire 2's. If they can reduce the recent high penalty count then they will do well.