National West 3
THIS was the third meeting between the clubs this season with Lenzie having won the first two.
However, they knew they were in for a hard game and this proved to be the case – Clydebank gained the upper hand on this occasion.
Despite the wet weather the pitch was in reasonable condition as the visitors kicked off. As happened several times, poor handling by Lenzie in their own 22 put them under pressure.
They broke out and in the third minute Lenzie went 3-0 up via a penalty by Scouller. Clydebank came into the game as their pick and drive tactics worked well. Lenzie had a let off when a penalty was missed from in front of the posts and then gained good ground through McWilliams and McBride, allowing Scouller to make it 6-0 with another penalty.
Just before the interval Clydebank got on the scoresheet via a Starkey penalty to make it 6-3.
From the restart Lenzie were penned in their own 22 again for about 10 minutes. The visitors bravely kicked two penalties to touch so they could try to drive over from line-outs.
They were held up once and when Lenzie won a scrum against the head the danger seemed to have been cleared. However, another driven line-out allowed Bankies no. 8 McIntosh over for a try, converted by Starkey for 10-6. This stirred the home team and they attacked through their backs straight from the restart with D. Wood putting McBride into a bit of space.
The winger brushed through two tackles and scored a try on the right. The conversion made it 13-10. Lenzie continued to press and missed a long-range penalty, while good defence kept them out. With 10 minutes to go Clydebank equalised with a penalty and in a nail-biting finish they patiently battered the Lenzie line for about 20 phases. The home defence did well to keep them out, but pressure eventually told and stand-off McCombe went over for the winning try, converted by Starkey.
The visitors deserved their win in a game where they played to their strengths and although the Lenzie pack defended well they didn’t have enough possession the final third of the pitch for the backs to score more tries.
Another big game for Lenzie next week away to Oban. Supporters welcome on the bus which leaves at 10.30am.
Meanwhile, Lenzie 2nd XV lost a thrilling game to Glasgow Accies where several under-18s made their senior debut.