A BEAUTIFUL autumn day made conditions perfect for rugby, although the soft pitch meant that top-of-the-ground players like Lenzie’s Nisbet and MacDonald and the visitors’ McSween would have preferred firmer going.
RBS West Division 2
Lenzie attacked from the start, but wayward passes and stout Strathaven defence meant that pressure was not turned into points until midway through the first half.
After numerous phase plays, Lenzie’s score was simplicity itself. A good pass from Patterson found stand-in no. 10 Byers and instead of passing he stepped, pinned back his ears and scored under the posts.
Scouller added the extras to make it 7-0. The same player then kicked a penalty to make it 10-0 at the break. Referee Connal had his work cut out to keep the lid on some frayed tempers on both sides.
The second half started with good work by Matier being rewarded with a Scouller penalty, extending the home lead. The Lenzie scrummaging kept Strathaven on the back foot – typified by a good performance at loose-head from man of the match Letford.
With Williams finding his jumpers Telford and Brown easily at the line-outs, the home backs had plenty of possession, but the visiting defence was hard to penetrate.
However, after 20 minutes a lovely flip pass by Patterson allowed McManus to claim a try. Scouller maintained his perfect kicking record to make it 20-0. Strathaven’s lively backs kept trying and were rewarded when fullback McSween went over in the corner to make the final score 20-5. This result helped Lenzie climb three places up the table and hopefully they can continue on Saturday against Uddingston (away – 2pm kick-off).