M1: Dunfermline Carnegie Match
Posted on March 04, 2019
The Men's 1s National 2 campaign trundled on with the visit of Dunfermline Carnegie. It was a nice gesture of them to name their club after Raven, who made an appearance on the touchline. The St Andrews bird watching community turned out in large numbers to see the rare sight of the majestic bird prowling the touchline, normally in hibernation on Saturdays.
Facing a physical Dunfermline side, the Saints were at a major disadvantage, with Jervis, Litchfield and Thomson dramatically pulling the mean height downward. Having lost the return fixture comprehensively, the Saints were keen to put this to right. We need not have worried. Fueled by newly released isotonic sports drink 'Anger-ade', Tom Simpson put in an excellent performance, while SatNav, family in attendance, was also impressive. Rudd scored only two goals, a disappointing haul by his standards, while Griggs showed exceptional discipline to limit himself to a meagre 17 squeezes during the game. Jamie Hogarth was, unsurprisingly, as influential on the pitch as he has been voted off it. Fresh from his KK interview (which he strongly denies ever happening), Xavy Bull completed the CB pairing.
Physio Chris Moon was called into action as debutant Archie Stirling fell over in the warm up, but with good use of his magic paintbrush, Wiggo was soon ready to pedal on.
With season ticket holders Chalmers and Aitken offering, as usual, vocal support, Dunfermline went ahead with a well worked goal but back post merchant Stoddart equalised following a slick Saints move, in his usual style. The total distance for all of his goals combined is still worryingly shorter than his hair. The Saints went 2-1 up early in the 2nd half after some trademark Rudd juggling. A rare goalkeeping error allowed Dunfermline to equalise, and the Saints withstood a long spell of Dunfermline pressure and string of short corners, who grew increasingly frustrated as the game wore on. A swift counter attack involving good interplay between Rudd and Shelly gave the Saints a last minute winner.
Overall, a very enjoyable game and strong performance against some tough opposition.