Half-century for rampant Falkirk

Pictures Archie Tipple 14-09-13. CAMELON. Cala Park. Falkirk RFC v West of Scotland.
Pictures Archie Tipple 14-09-13. CAMELON. Cala Park. Falkirk RFC v West of Scotland.

Falkirk most certainly did not give West of Scotland any quarter at all last weekend, and their very positive attitude saw them get their act together straight away and open up their account within six minutes of play.

Probing for any gaps in West’s defensive line-up,just inside their half,Falkirk’s backs handled well for Outside-Centre Gary Dempsey to take possession of the ball on the ten metre line and the home side’s midfield magician just weaved and jinked his way through,without any defender laying a finger on him,for an absolutely splendid opening try.

Shortly afterwards a neat break Dan Ritchie sent number eight Aubrey MnCube barging over for Falkirk’s try of the match. A minute into the second quarter further territorial gains earned by Falkirk’s marauding pack enabled them to pressurise West’s line to conceding again, hooker Andrew Simpson eventually getting the touchdown following a lengthy period of stiff opposition.

With their feet still firmly on the accelerator Niall Lear squeezed in at the corner flag for the bonus-point try in the 29th minute and though West were looking ominous, another spell of magic from Dempsey saw him break from deep behind his own goal-line to West’s ten metre line before he kicked ahead.

Will Hansen peeled off and crashed over for the try, with Dan Ritchie adding three conversions.

Jamie McAulay gave West points before the interval but Falkirk added to the 31-5 scoreline afterwards with crisp passing for Gordon McGuire’s crowd-pleasing try.

West scored another couple of tries before Falkirk bounced back through Logan Bonnar’s self-converted try and an injury time score for Stuart Williamson.