Grangemouth do the double over St Andrews sides

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GRANGEMOUTH’S ladies’ team came up trumps on Sunday and completed a club double over teams from St Andrews.

Scoring in the 19-12 win over Glensburgh visitors Madras began with Elaine Acheson’s first score in two seasons and Claire Hagan kicked the conversion for a seven-point lead.

However the host team saw their seven-point lead levelled before the interval after a series of rucking mistakes and last-ditch tackles kept the Fife side out on all but one occasion.

Personnel difficulties meant Madras could only field 14 players and though Grangemouth responded by dropping one of their starting 15, the numerical advantage paid off later in the end to end game.

Before then though, Madras edged into a 12-7 lead, almost straight from the restart.

A clearance kick was charged down in the home 22 and the visitors reacted swiftly to gain the score, although the conversion attempt was missed.

The scores were levelled again though and tries appear to be like buses for Acheson.

After a two year wait, her second try came minutes after her first and in a repeat of the earlier scoring scenario, Claire Hagan put the ball over for a 14-12 scoreline as the advantage see-sawed between the sides.

Not content with merely taking the lead, Grangemouth took the ball to the visitors 22m line and an excellent sniping run by Corrie McFarlane led to the scoring of another fine try.

This time the conversion was missed leaving the score at 19-12 to the home side.

Madras came back very strongly and spent a long time in the Grangemouth 22, but excellent defence prevented the well-drilled Madras ladies from scoring to end the game at 19-12 in the Grangemouth team’s favour. The full time score was 19-12 to Grangemouth, earning the ladies their first victory of the season. Defence was a much improved facet of the game but the victory came at a cost.

Hannah McCubbin had a severe cut in her leg that required seven stitches and Laura Alexander suffered a broken ankle.

On Sunday the Ladies play Broughton in Edinburgh at 2 p.m. start.