STRATHAVEN hold Lenzie at half time but fail to score a single point in second period
Lenzie RFC................. 26
League business continued on Saturday and Lenzie had another bonus point win over Strathaven on a heavy Viewfield surface. The home team kicked off and after three mistakes by Lenzie the visitors were up 7-0 in the first minute after a try by McWhirter, who went over without a finger laid on him.
This stung the hosts into action and they responded well after winning a scrum against the head. McManus picked up and a fine chip by Paton allowed Nisbet to touch down. McKinlay goaled the conversion off the post for 7-7.
Play was end to end and the next 15 minutes featured a great piece of defence by McWilliams and a fine break-out by McBryde who fed Nisbet, but the flyer was unable to keep his balance and strayed over the touchline. He was not denied for long as another good piece of piracy by McWilliams put the winger clear for his second try – again converted by McKinlay. Strathaven were undaunted and five minutes later their centre, Alder, evaded several tackles before feeding Howson to score under the posts. This allowed an easy conversion – meaning an interval score of 14-14.
Other action of the half was the unfortunate McDermott being replaced by Knight and Strathaven having a player sent to the sin-bin. The resulting penalty allowed Lenzie to attack, but they were held up on the line.
Down to 14 men at the restart Strathaven were soon under pressure from a fired-up Lenzie. A flowing attack in which the ball was handled by most of the team was halted illegally by the visitors.
The evergreen Hardie took a quick tap and fed Knight, who went over in the corner for 19-14. Lenzie continued to attack, but Strathaven defended well for long periods. A good charge-down by Hardie almost resulted in a score, but Paton was hurt in his efforts to touch down.
Strathaven started to have more of the play and were helped by Lenzie’s attempts to attack from deep when field position may have been a better option. Both teams’ line-outs were misfiring and Lenzie profited when a visiting throw was loosely tapped back. Big Brown showed his ball skills and pace to hack on and touch down for Lenzie’s fourth try, converted by McKinlay.
The score remained at 26-14 for the last 15 minutes although both sides had chances. This was another mixed showing by Lenzie who were boosted by the return from injury of McBryde, McAulay and Brett, and a man-of-the-match display from Johnstone on his return from Spain.
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