Hamilton v Kirkcaldy 09/10/21
There has been little between Kirkcaldy and Hamilton over recent years as both sides have enjoyed title success and then relegation from National 1 level and Saturday’s contest proved that little has changed.
The home side dominated early possession and showed intent that they hoped to make their mark. The Blues defended stoutly but eventually the pressure paid off with a converted try after the ball was played out wide. In typical Kirkcaldy fashion this season - a lack of defensive concentration allowed a second try shortly after, again converted.
If nothing else this woke the Kirkcaldy side from their slumbers and they began to play with some attacking intent
Danny Jennings drove over the line after prolonged pressure on the home line, Fin Smith converted and then the Blues forwards were denied another score as Marcus Salt was held up in the dead ball area. The home side made a hash of the restart and the dominant Kirkcaldy pack punished them ruthlessly as they drove the home pack backwards over their line for Dayle Turner to score.
As Kirkcaldy had seemingly wrestled the initiative from the home side Fin Smith was unlucky to see a penalty crash off an upright and rebound into play. Typically enough - despite almost complete domination, the home side broke away and scored their third try just before half time leaving the score 19-12
Not content with conceding late in the first half, Kirkcady remained passive after the restart and conceded again immediately.
Again, Kirkcaldy awoke from their slumber and set up camp in the opposing 22 - lots of perspiration but little inspiration and chances went begging through. Hamilton were reduced to 14 when a yellow card was given for a bit of petulance kicking the ball away but rather than take full advantage - the Blues also lost a player for the same offence albeit perhaps a bit harsh but the referee was consistent if nothing else.
Dayle Turner crashed over for a try which Fin Smith converted
The home side had two kickable penalties which would have left Kirkcaldy needing 2 scores to win
A final splurge of power possession was rebuffed after a handling error which typified the Kirkcaldy season thus far and the game drew to a close.
A losing bonus point at least but could and should have been more as the home side tried and failed to throw away their advantage.
Next week, the Blues welcome Newton Stewart who make the long journey to the Fife Riviera - 3pm kick off at Beveridge Park
FFP MotM Points
3 Dayle Turner
2 Michael Harper
1 Owen Bonner