Preston Lodge v West 7/1/17
Result: 55 -33
Yet again West scored 5 tries and still lost the game, unfortunately Preston Lodge scored eight!
The home side were on the scoreboard within the first minute when a fumbled ball and attempted retrieve gave Preston Lodge a penalty in front of the posts. Preston Lodge were definitely the hungrier and sharper for the whole of the first half and it wasn’t long before they crossed the West line in the corner. The conversion was missed but the scoreboard notched up to 8 0.
West did have a period after about 20 minutes where they managed a sustained attack in the Preston Lodge half gaining a penalty. Unfortunately Blair Smith missed the kick so no advantage was gained. Preston Lodge again rumbled progressively into the West half gaining a penalty which was kicked to touch. From the catch and rolling maul West were adjudged to have pulled the maul down on the line and a penalty try was awarded. Duly converted. Score 15 – 0. From the kick off Preston Lodge again surged forward and a good passing move along the backs saw another score in the corner. This was again converted and the score clicked ominously upward to 22 – 0.
Just before half time West did manage a prolonged attack of the home line gaining a couple of penalties which were kicked to touch and driven but another knock on gave Preston Lodge a scrum and they cleared their lines. West however managed to steal the ball at the line out and slick passing saw Mark Jenkinson pop through the defence to score beside the posts, Blair Smith converting to take the half time score to 22 – 7.
Possibly as a result of a few quiet words from the coach West finally woke up in the second half. A mistake by Preston Lodge in their own scrum on the 22 m line gave West a break and it was Jenkinson that again crossed the home line. The conversion was missed but the score was now a healthier 22 – 12. Both sides were now attacking with intent and the game became less one-sided. Preston Lodge scored their bonus point try and shortly after West number 8 Fraser Smeaton bundled over for a visitors’ bonus. At one point the score narrowed to 39 – 33 and a possible upset was in mind. However the home side were not having that and powered over another three tries on the last 10 minutes against a tiring West side taking the final score to 55 – 33.
The first home game of 2017 is this Saturday against Biggar (K.O. 2 pm).
West team: Neil Fullerton, Darren Allan, Billy Dineen, James Harley, Mark Jenkinson, , Angus Thomson, Tom Grey, Fraser Smeaton, Alex Fisken, Ross McAulay, Blair Smith, Ross Carnegie, Jamie McAulay, Fintan Cuthbertson, Mark Sim.
Replacements: Glen Sutherland, Dan York, Rory Cuthbertson, Jack Urquart.