Saturday's match against the Fifers was only going to come down to one word: pride.

In short, Kirkcaldy had already done us the most enormous of favours last week against Dumfries Saints so it was only fair to expect that they would arrive at Barnton full of confidence and in good heart.  Of that there was no doubt.

What might have been in doubt was the attitude of our own team with promotion already secured.  I would say that, come full time, pride exuded from both sides.

We started off at break neck pace, not allowing our visitors to settle.  From what I saw, I think we played our finest 40 minutes of the season, finishing the first half 26 points up.  Some superb possession saw us interlinking backs and forwards with some sublime skills.  Jamie Sword, Courtney West, Chris Baikie and James Ferguson all touched down with Kyle Henderson slotting three of the conversions.

A half time lead of 26 points to nil had all the hallmarks of a great season ending performance but we should remember that Kirkcaldy are no mugs.  They started to grind their way back into the match with two very polished, converted scores.  The final score was 26-14 in our favour.

It was a great match for everyone connected to both clubs.  Kirkcaldy have had a difficult season and, at one point, stared relegation in the face.  We have had a difficult season between one thing and another, injuries wise, but ultimately have come through to secure promotion.

One thing is very clear: National Two is a whole lot easier to get into than get out off!  There are so many sides who can beat each other on their day.  Peebles, Preston Lodge, Newton Stewart and Dumfries Saints have all proved to be formidable opponents to every side in the Division.  Even coming into the last game, with nothing to play for other than pride, Glasgow Accies halted their high flying near neighbours, GHK, with a well-earned draw at New Anniesland.

It's a tough league and we should all be immensely proud of our coaches and players for what they have achieved.

Today at Barnton we could have rolled over and let Kirkcaldy win.  We did anything but - well done, men!

The first half was full of great rugby and, on another day, we could have ended the game as a contest at half time with a number of scoring opportunities having been missed.  Kirkcaldy, though, were not going to allow us the luxury of an April romp and made us work hard to hold them to just two scores in the second half.

Tough matches auger so well for next season.  We know we can play beautiful rugby - we can also dig it out when we have to.

On a closing note, special thanks must go to Colin and Janet McKay for their fantastic support of not only Connor but also the Club itself.  As Connor heads off on a new career path we wish him well and thank him for all his help and support both on and off the field.  To his Mum and Dad – please don't be strangers to us.

To everyone, though, enjoy the summer and let's look forward to matches against Melrose, Kelso, Dundee HSFP et al next season.

Finlay Calder

Photographs courtesy of Jax Mackenzie Photography