Redskins hit top gear as they dispose of dismal Dunfermline


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The Redskins swept aside a disappointingly poor Dunfermline side in emphatic style as they finally cemented top spot in National One. With two games left the Mansfield Haugh outfit are in pole position to take the title.

But coach Jammy McFarlane stressed there was still room for improvement. He said: “We played really well in spells and I can’t complain too much. But there was a 15-minute period before half-time when we were pretty poor and we shipped a few points, missed a few tackles.

“A word in their ear at half-time, though, seemed to do the trick and we blew them away in the second half.”

Dunfermline were first to strike in 11 minutes with a penalty, but straight from the restart a clearance kick by the Fifers was brilliantly taken by Michael Graham who then set up the move which led to Craig Robson’s try.

Ali Weir converted and added a penalty before John Coutts latched onto a chip through from Weir in the 26th minute to score the YM’s second try.

By this time the game had been reduced to uncontested scrums, but still the men from the Kingdom couldn’t gain any advantage.

As the game drifted towards half-time with the YM 15-3 in front, the referee found an additional seven minutes of injury-time and Dunfermline pulled a converted try back to give the score a very lopsided look at 15-10. Seconds later, though, Ryan Hogg burst through from broken play to dot down for the YM’s third try and send them in 20-10 ahead at the break.

The second half saw the YM pull away with further tries by Hogg, Weir, Stuart Graham and Coutts, with Weir slotting three conversions.

Dunfermline had the final say with a try before the referee made up for his first half faux pas by blowing for full-time six minutes early.

With Musselburgh confirm-ing a shield semi-final slot, the next two matches will be tough for the YM, both clubs still having everything to play for.