Cartha Queens Park 43- 7 West.
West again crossed the river to play Southsiders Cartha Queens Park at Dumbreck. Cartha are in the promotion hunt this season and were all out for a win. West shuffled the pack after last week's defeat.
West games usually start with a quick score but this time the teams shadow boxed for nearly 20 minutes. Both sides were defending well, both had a good driving maul and good maul defence. Scrums were strong on both sides and although it was a good game of rugby, the scoreboard wasn't ticking over.
Cartha eventually broke the deadlock when a move down the wing saw an inside pass find scrum half Thomas Davidson run a good line to score. Wayne Burrows converted and it was 7-0. Cartha tried to repeat with successive attacks down the wings but West defended well.
Then Cartha suffered a yellow card and West hit back. An attempted pass from Cartha found Mark Jenkinson who made some headway before moving the ball out and after some neat passes Calum Booth rounded his defender to score in the corner. The kicking tee couldn't be found so Blair Smith instead smartly drop kicked the conversion to even the scores at 7-7.
Cartha then put on the pressure, West initially defending a driving maul well but the ball was spun out wide to winger Graham Docherty. Wayne Burrows converted and it was 14-7 at half time after a half where a lot of skills were on display from both sides.
As the temperature dropped, the home team got better. Calum Smiddle grounded after a series of pick and drives, the conversion making it 21-7. Then it became the Tony show. Tony Nyanweso has long been a thorn in West's side and although now ageing, is still hard to stop. A smart move found him wide to touch down in the corner for Cartha's bonus point, then he outsped the West defence to score his second.
A West interception saved another certain try before nearly defending another Cartha break but Fraser Paul managed to ground the ball to extend the lead. Cartha added another just at the end when after a good steal, the ball went through the hands to find Matt Grey who scored. The home side ran out convincing 43-7 winners but the score didn't reflect a much improved West performance.
The home game to Kirkaldy next Saturday is now a crunch match, the winners likely to move clear of the relegation zone. West will hope to have some key players back from injury for what should be a pre Christmas showdown.
West: 1. Neil Fullarton, 2. Mark Vallance, 3. . Billy Dineen, 4. James Harley, 5. Mark Jenkinson, 6. Stuart MacDonald, 7. Jamie MacAulay, 8. Fraser Smeaton, 9. Richie Tran, 10. Ross McAulay, 11. Alex Fisken, 12. Sandy McCallum, 13. Blair Smith, 14. Calum Booth, 15. Mark Sim. Substitutes 16: Glen Sutherland, 17. Florian Jacquart, 18 Marc Zoma, 19. Fintan Cuthbertson