THE points were in the bag for Lenzie after they beat visitors Strathendrick at Viewfield on Saturday.
Lenzie .......................................... 13
Strathendrick ............................... 3
The men from Fintry were having another fine season and were sitting top of the league, and Lenzie were looking to test their recent form against the table toppers.
The first half was characterized by the dominance of defences from both sides.
Lenzie were playing into the breeze and were trying to play an expansive game but struggled to make much headway against the well organised and resolute visitors.
Fintry used the elements to gain good field position through some pinpoint kicking from their half backs.
Determined tackling and cover with McNeish, McManus and McLean leading the home effort, kept the scoreboard blank until two minutes from half time.
Good handling from the Lenzie backs gave Nisbett the opportunity to burst clear from his own 22, the supporting Scouller and Cameron then took play to within 15 metres of the visitors try line, before a handling error ended the move.
Great work from Paterson at the resultant scrum produced a turnover which resulted in a great effort from all the forwards, culminating in Queenan forcing his way over for a deserved try.
The conversion was not successful and Lenzie turned round with a 5–0 lead at half time.
In the second half Lenzie were also able to use the wind to their advantage and with their scrum in ascendancy pressed to increase their advantage on the scoreboard.
Their efforts were rewarded with a penalty by Scouller after 15 minutes play.
Strathendrick then enjoyed their best spell of the second period and were duly rewarded when Greenock kicked a penalty to reduce Lenzie’s lead to five points.
This set back seemed to galvanise Lenzie to greater efforts.
A long kick from Wilson was returned to McDonnell and the winger’s clever cross kick resulted in disarray in the visitor’s rearguard, allowing McBride to touch down for Lenzie’s second try.
Lenzie continued to press for the rest of the game and Scouller, McAulay, and Byres all came close to adding to Lenzie’s total and were only thwarted by some excellent tackling.
Both sides contributed to an entertaining game for the spectators, and another good performance from Lenzie, particularly in the second half, and they fully deserved their victory.
This week Lenzie travel to Strathaven - kick off is at 3pm.
For more sports reports, see this week’s Herald dated Wednesday, February 22.