On a very windy but otherwise nice Autumn day the Mackie 2nd XV made the short journey north to play Huntly. Confidence was high after a series of good performances against Garioch and Ellon and the Mackie management were expecting another good performance and hopefully another win on the road.
The Mackie team this week were a blend of youth and experience and after a highly charged pre-match team talk from captain Colin Inglis the teams made their way on to the pitch.
Huntly won the toss and selected to play with the near gale force wind behind them. It was going to be a tough first half for the reds playing into the wind, but the game kicked off and they were soon in action.
Huntly started brightly and were recycling the ball well. The Mackie forwards managed to win the ball at the break down and a series of short sharp passes had the ball out to Beadie on the wing who made a determined run for the corner. Huntly regrouped and managed to stop the winger from getting over the line.
The Mackie pack led by Inglis kept the pressure on Huntly and they struggled to clear the ball from their own 22.
Huntly were on the back foot and the Mackie centres where making some great progression towards the try line. Jhuan Cherronne continued the rich vein of form he’s shown in the previous couple of games. Again the reds were close to the Huntly line, this time stopping flanker Gerry Lock from going over. Huntly managed to clear their lines, this time getting close to the Mackie halfway line with a huge kick from their goal line. This was to be as close as they got in the first half. Safe defending from fans’ favourite Steven ‘Frankie’ Allen ensured the first half came to a close with the score 0-0
With the wind behind then in the second half, Mackie kicked off and were soon deep into Huntly territory. A series of good scrums and some great rucking had Mackie firmly camped in the Huntly 22. An injury to number 10 Andrew Reid led to a reshuffling of the team and Rob Potter made a welcome return. Potter was soon in action unfortunately fumbling an inch perfect pass from scrum half Pedro. He soon made amends, this time feeding a lovely ball inside for Jhuan to score under the posts.
The resulting kick from the ever improving Reddish hit the post and Mackie led the game 5-0. Changes were needed and Gerry Lock and Mark Beadie made way for Adam Forbes and Richard Cochrane who was making his senior team debut.
Huntly rarely threatened and were soon another score down, this time some lovely hands from the back line had Cherronne scoring his second try of the game. This time Reddish made the extra points count.
A yellow card to Coull for persistent hands in the ruck led to the veteran tight head prop seeing out the remainder of the game on the sidelines. The game was in the final few minutes when a penalty against Huntly for continually being offside saw Reddish slot the ball through the uprights for the final score of the game.