Lenzie rugby

Lenzie found the going tough in their opening game against Carrick.
Lenzie found the going tough in their opening game against Carrick.

Lenzie opened their BT West Division 1 campaign on Saturday with a testing home match against last year’s league runners-up Carrick.

Lenzie took the game to Carrick early on and were rewarded with a penalty to open the scoring 3-0.

Carrick responded immediately when they opened their account from the kick-off, an unconverted try putting them 5-3 up.

Both sides enjoyed periods of possession and pressure, but a loose kick from Lenzie’s Baldman was gathered by the Carrick winger who scored a converted try.

Lenzie continued to pressure Carrick and Sutherland, McManus and Patterson showed up well, but a further unconverted try brought the half to an end with the visitors leading 17-3.

Carrick exerted control on the game in the second half and eventually broke through a stubborn defence with two well taken tries.

Lenzie continued their efforts and McNeish, Williams and Letford were prominent before the Team were rewarded with two excellent tries by captain Scouller who also converted one.

The home side were very unfortunate not to add further points when a very clever drop goal by McDermott which caught everyone by surprise went wide.

Carrick were determined to have the last word and brought the scoring to a close at 44-15. Man of the match for Lenzie was McManus.

Lenzie have no game next week as scheduled opponents Kilmarnock have a cup game. Their next game is on Saturday, September 26, at home to Garnock.