Lenzie take heart from second-half fightback

Lenzie v Helensburgh at Viewfield.  19.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Lenzie v Helensburgh at Viewfield. 19.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

LENZIE lost to Helensburgh on the opening day of the season so the return match at Viewfield was seen as a chance to measure the home team’s progress.

Lenzie................. 0

Helensburgh............ 13

RBS West Division 2

Watched by a big crowd, the heavy pitch made it difficult for both teams and the visitors had the edge for most of the first half. They got on the new CALA Homes scoreboard after 11 minutes when Sterry put over a penalty awarded against Lenzie’s scrum.

Helensburgh dominated field position for the rest of the half and only desperate home defence kept them at bay. Good tackles were made by Cameron, McWilliams and McLean. Burgh’s half backs varied their game and kicked well to keep Lenzie penned in their own half.

The number of penalties conceded by the home team was a cause for concern, but luckily for Lenzie the visiting kicker was having an off day.

On 33 minutes Black put across a clever cross kick and the diminutive Lenzie defender Cameron faced two Helensburgh attackers. He did well to compete for the ball, but unfortunately blocked referee Livingston’s view of a knock-on and the try was awarded to winger Rodgers. The successful conversion by Sterry made it 10-0. Lenzie then staged a thrilling break-out by Byres, MacDonald and McWilliams but the latter’s pass was too strong for Nisbet.

Credit to Lenzie and their skipper McNeish who put the sluggish first half behind them in the second period. They competed better, conceded less penalties and gained parity in territory. The pack especially put in a huge effort. Both teams hammered into each other, but defences were on top. Nisbet looked most likely player to score for Lenzie, but it was not to be and the visitors deservedly took the spoils, adding a second penalty for the only score of the half. Final score 13-0.

Lenzie can take heart from the second half and will need to carry this form on to Cumbernauld on Saturday in a Bowl semi-final fixture. Please note, kick-off is 1.30pm at Cumbernauld.