Saturday’s East Region League Division One match was well contested throughout with North Berwick putting in the harder defensive shift. Andrew Denham cut through for Porty’s first score in 8 minutes levelled 7 minutes later followed by a Peter Kinsley score on the half-hour. Darren Roe rumbled the third for a 21 – 7 half time lead. Ali Bain scored 9 minutes into the 2nd half for the bonus point. The next half hour saw a lot of attach and defensive effort from both sides before closing with a Chris Britee-Steer try which he converted having already added the extras for the first four and a North Berwick consolation try, both of which were also converted. The result sees Porty up to 6th. Full-time Portobello FP 35 – 14 North Berwick.
Portobello FP: 15 Andrew Denham; 14 Oliver Hepburn; 13 Rob Ritchie; 12 Chris Britee-Steer (Captain); 11 Alasdair Bain; 10 Peter Kinsley; 9 Fraser Mackay; 1 Euan Gibson; 2 Rhys Edgar; 3 Andy Glass; 4 Darren Roe; 5 Cameron Walker; 6 Sean Kneeshaw; 7 Gabriel Harvey; 8 Matthew Wilson – Replacements: 16 Conor Dempsey; 17 Donald Burn; 18 Michael Moyes; 19 Stuart McBain
Our next home match is presently set for 12th January with the visit of Forrester (ko 2.00pm). Before then, we are away to Duns (1st December – ko 2.00pm) and at Broughton on 15th December (2.00pm). The Portobello / Lismore reserve side have matches at Goldenacre (1st Dec – 2,00pm) and Leith (8th Dec – 2.00pm).
Portobello High School finished their conference fixtures on Saturday with a 10 – 10 draw with Stewarts Melville at Duddingston – this is a step forward on the way to “school of rugby status” and we shall help progress this further in the near future. Portobello High School then have a Schools Plate match to play (away – probably on Thursday 22nd) but wait the winner of Boroughmuir HS v Carnoustie HS / Monifieth HS which is due to be played on Tuesday. Please look out for update.
Portobello Rugby’s upcoming events are – Saturday 24th November 8pm – entertainment from singer Alison Henry and Saturday 8th December – Christmas Party (!)