Dunfermline Throw Down the Gauntlet to Orkney

Report by Jack Nixon

photo Moray scoring vs Grammar 2nds

While Orkney’s Alistair Linklater was enjoying his away day in Aberdeen, his Caledonian colleagues around the region were getting on with the more mundane business of meeting their respective domestic duties.

Among those in action were Dunfermline who took advantage of Orkney not having a game to extend their lead at the top of Caley Division 1. Their 30 - 14 win at the Meadows at the expense of Ellon not only puts pressure on Orkney, although the islanders have three games in hand, but effectively puts Ellon out of the title race.

The Fifers are now eight points clear of Orkney.

Elsewhere, Caithness kept themselves in the race for a top three place after a fine win at Grangemouth, keeping their demanding but organised head coach Ewan Boyd happy.

Aberdeen Wanderers got back on track at Groats Road where in a try fest, the home side were worthy 41 - 24 winners.

In Caley 2 North, Aberdeenshire will need to wait until Saturday to clinch promotion after Moray hammered 2nd Aberdeen Grammar 81 - 14 in Elgin, gaining a degree of consolation for their 32 - 0 defeat at Rubislaw, seven days ago, but leaving questions about sporting intergrity in the air.

Highland held off the considerable challenge of Banff at Canal Park, easing past the Duff House side 24 - 5.

In the meantime in Caley 3 North, 2nd Gordonians kept their unbeaten record after beating Stornaway 95 - 12, while Shetland were convincing 52 - 0 winners at home to Garioch.

And last but certainly not least, the action in Caley 4 North resulted in Dyce moving back to the top of the table after easing past Turriff in a fiercely competitive game at Turriff where the visitors were 53 - 22 winners, moving three points above Deeside in the process. The result of the Aberdeen University Medics versus 3rd Highland was not in at the time of going to press.

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