Whitecraigs face more capital punishment

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Another weekend facing opposition from the capital and another loss for Whitecraigs.

In horrid conditions, league leaders Stewart’s Melville defeated the West Lodge side 20-12.

Craigs have poor discipline to blame after conceding 15 penalties, including one in the opening ten minutes which got Stew Mel off the board.

The Edinburgh side added a try, but missed the conversion to make it 8-0 at half time.

Just five minutes after the restart it was 15-0 as careless passing allowed the capital side to take advantage and score near the posts, before adding another from a forward rumble minutes later.

With the scoreline 20-0, Craigs were playing for pride when they got off the board with a penalty try when Henderson was cynically held back from his own chip and chase.

Stew Mel, 13 points ahead with minutes to go, let their concentration slip and Fisher scored in the corner.

However, Moffat’s kick sailed wide and denied the southsiders a bonus point.

On Saturday, Ally Stevenson will face his former club West of Scotland, who visit West Lodge (all game KO 3pm).

IT was far from a festival of rugby at Beveridge Park on Saturday.

Sometimes teams can be so mismatched that cricket scoreboard is needed, but rarely can they be so evenly matched that it results in a football score.

Kircaldy and GHA effectively cancelled each other out in a match that ended up 3-0 to Kircaldy thanks to a Gavin McKenzie penalty.

The last time Kircaldy were involved in a game with the same scoreline, it was 24 years ago against none other than Clarkston, the forerunner club of GHA.

Neither team looked capable of scoring a try and tough tackling from centre Mark Wallace in particular effectively nullified the impact of O’Hare and Henderson.

GHA sit seventh in Premier three, evenly matched in points with neighbours Cartha but two places behind.

GHA however, have a game in hand.

Now, the Braidholm side are preparing for the visit of Dalziel on Saturday led by former GHA head coach Davie Wilson.

Meanwhile, the one bright spot on the southside’s rugby landscape this weekend was at Dumbreck, where Cartha Queen’s Park cast aside Perthshire 56-7.

They will hope to build on that result away to Dumfries on Saturday.