Lenzie 24 v 8 Garnock
Lenzie hosted Garnock RFC on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon at Viewfield.
Lenzie hosted Garnock RFC on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon at Viewfield in a game that was very important to both sides as they sought a win to keep them clear of a potential relegation dogfight in this hotly contested league.
The Gunn Cup was also at stake as the traditional annual prize to the Club that wins this contest between these old but respectful rival Rugby Clubs.
Lenzie started slowly and the more alert Garnock side went into an early 8 - 0 lead following some slack Lenzie defence. As the game progressed Lenzie asserted themselves and a trademark Slade burst and offload released caption Scouller who raced home from 60 metres outrunning the Garnock winger much to the delight of the noisy home support. Scouller added the conversion to bring the scores to 7-8 to the visitors. Lenzie pressed the Garnock line for the rest of the first period and McWilliams, D Wood and Letford were all held up just short of the whitewash to allow Garnock to turn into the wind with a slight advantage for the second period.
From the outset Lenzie continued to put Garnock under pressure with their scrums and lineouts functioning well. Baldman was pulling the strings behind the scrum and Patterson proved to be effective at scrumhalf. It was no surprise when Lenzie went in front from a push over scrum with the credit being awarded to Williams. Garnock still had the ability to offer a threat and worked hard throughout the game and were a bit unlucky to be penalised for crossing when they looked capable of scoring however for most of the second perios Lenzie played in the right areas of the park through good decision making by Morrison, Small and Condie. A well worked backs move put winger English clear and a penalty try was awarded when he was stopped just short of the line by a dangerous high tackle.
Lenzie achieved the bonus point 4rth try when A Woods and Derrick hassled Garnock out of possession near their line to allow D Woods to touchdown.
This was a good and welcome win for Lenzie who have done more than enough to stay in their league through the hard work of the players, coaches and the support of all involved at the Club.
Man of the Match was the excellent David Nisbet who continually offered himself in attack from fullback and was a constant threat to the Garnock defence.