Bo’ness .......... 11

Crieff ............. 43

With last week’s top of the table clash with Falkirk succumbing to the first snows of winter, attention this week was turned to securing maximum points against league newcomers Bo’ness currently propping up the other end.

Despite a few call offs, the Strathearn men were able to field a young and pacey team thirsty to add to this season’s not inconsiderable points total.

Bo’ness Recreation Centre would probably not feature in anyone's list of great rugby grounds of the world, narrow, boggy and littered with canine deposits, but it was the home team who started the brighter and pinned the blue and golds in the own 22 for the first 10 minutes thanks to some enthusiastic driving from their heavy pack and Crieff’s inability to clear their lines.

The reward for this early pressure was a somewhat meagre 3 points, the Bo’ness full back taking advantage of the wind and calmly slotting a penalty.

As the first half wound down, Crieff were finding it difficult to find the usual gaps out wide limited by the narrowness of the pitch and some stout defence.

However, with 20 minutes gone, a slick handling move down the right ended up in the hands of Andrew Tainsh, the electric winger using his after burners to round two tackles and scorch over.

This proved the catalyst as Crieff started to exert control. Up front, Kennedy and Leonard took the ball on with purposes and scrum half Leckie looked sharp.

With a couple of minutes remaining in the opening half, Ryan Flett, powered over from close range. The classy full back converted to make the half time score 12-3.

Playing with the wind and their tails up, the second half was an all together different story.

The Strathearn men showed confidence running the ball at every opportunity and the Bo’ness heavy forwards, although still showing the upper hand in the scrum, began to tire in the loose.

Aside from a comedy of errors midway through which resulted in a try for the home team, Crieff ran the show and came out comfortable winners thanks to two further Flett scores and three more from Tainsh, Prentice and Leonard by 43 points to 11.

A competent performance all round against a very spirited home team who stuck manfully to their task. The rearranged match against Falkirk lies in wait this

coming Saturday and this game will surely demand all the commitment and skill from this impressive young Crieff & Strathearn XV.