Tough tests for Allan Glen’s and Lenzie

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DEFEAT for Bishopbriggs and Lenzie sides, but no disgrace...

GHK..................... 37

Allan Glen’s RFC........ 15

GLENS paid the price of agreeing a Friday evening fixture to accommodate the opposition. Although previously accepting the change, three or four key players were unavailable for this match which saw a slick home team take away the honours.

With the home team making full use of the width of the pitch, GHK wing Campbell touched down in the corner after only 10 minutes.

This was followed shortly by another touch down for the home side – this time by flanker Hawkes. Fleming made the conversion.

This stirred Glens into action and from a maul on the home line Johnston barged his way over to give the visitors points on the board

The joy was short-lived, however. Hawkes repeated his previous effort to add to the home tally. Again Fleming converted.

Just before the break Thomson stroked over a penalty for Glens to make a half-time score of 17-8.

The second half was much like the first, GHK adding two tries – one by Kiltie and one in the last minute by Love, while Fleming added two penalties. Morrell scored a well-taken try for Glens.

The try count rather flattered the home side as challenging runs by Gray and Morrell and Kirk came within a fraction of a score.

Honours for superiority in the set pieces were shared, with Glens commanding the scrum and GHK dominating the line out.

Allan Glen’s 2nd XV........ 36

Hillhead/Jordanhill 3rd... 8

GLENS 2nd XV made a good start to their challenge in the West 1 Reserve League by a convincing win over their city rivals. Glens scrum half Adam McGregor opened the scoring with a 40-metre run. In the second half, Glens’ Luis Naphousen and Craig McLay scored two each and Gerry McAveety one.

Helensburgh.............. 25

Lenzie RFC.................0

WITH last week’s encounter with Oban postponed this was Lenzie’s first league outing of the season. A trip to Helensburgh is always a tough encounter and so it proved to be on Saturday.

The first period was very even with neither side managing to create any periods of pressure and there was no real pattern to the game. Lenzie came closest to scoring a try with a sweeping move involving Scouller, Morrison and Wilson. MacDonald, making his debut, was only brought down with a last- ditch tackle. Helensburgh registered two penalties – leading 6-0 at the break.

Lenzie started the second period brightly. Scouller and McWilliams combined to put McBride in space, but the alert Helensburgh defence covered well to snuff out the danger. Following a scrum inside the Helensburgh 22, Brodie caught the Helensburgh scrum half, but somehow the ball was freed and the alert home backs linked and supported well to run fully 80 metres for a fine score. This proved to be the turning point in the match as Lenzie heads went down and Helensburgh scored two further tries – both resulting from missed tackles in the Lenzie ranks. Lenzie rallied in the final few minutes and only poor decision-making and secure Helensburgh defending prevented the visitors the consolation score their efforts deserved.

Much to work on at training this week, but there were a number of encouraging signs. On Saturday Lenzie are away to Cambuslang on league business.