Lenzie just come up short as Garnock win by single point

Lenzie's Ian Price is tackled by a Garnock player as Jamie Letford supports.
Lenzie's Ian Price is tackled by a Garnock player as Jamie Letford supports.

Lenzie Rugby Club were edged out by a single point in a dramatic and high scoring BT West Division 1 encounter with Garnock at Viewfield on Saturday.

Lenzie went into the match fully expecting a closely contested game against their old friends from Garnock and that certainly proved to be the case.

And at the end of the contest the it was the visitors who were breathing a sigh of relief as they sneaked home by 31 points to 30.

Lenzie were looking to bounce back from their 44-15 home defeat at the hands of Carrick in their opening fixture of the season two weeks previously.

They started the game well and got an early boost when David McCrae opened the scoring with a well taken score.

However the next period of the game belonged to Garnock who hit back by running in three unanswered scores.

Their success was down to a combination of good use of their backs and some weak Lenzie defence and gave them a useful advantage.

But the home side refused to thrown in the towel and an excellent break by Baldman late in the first half led to a score for the supporting Patterson to offer some hope for Lenzie.

After the interval Lenzie took control of the game in the second half and scored a further try through Williams.

But while they were finding ways through the Garnock defence Scouller was not having a good day with his boot and further chance to close the gap were missed.

Garnock continued to offer a threat and scored a further try to take their total to 31 points which appeared to take them out of sight.

But Lenzie scored again through Morrison to reduce the deficit and keep themselves in with a chance.

Lenzie were unfortunate not to score again when Moir appeared to score only for the referee to be unsighted.

They still kept battling though and in the last play of the game Lenzie moved the ball well and Condie looked to have made the line.

However he stepped outside the touch line before grounding the ball to leave a much relieved Garnock with their win.

Despite losing their opening two games Lenzie have taken two bonus points and sit eighth in the 10-team table.

Due to the World Cup there is now a small gap in the league fixtures and Lenzie’s next match will be on Saturday, October 17, when they will be at home to a Cambuslang side who are propping up the table after losing their opening three games.