Bad luck comes in threes after Lenzie complete hat-trick of late losses

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Lightning struck for the third time in the same place as Lenzie snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Fintry on Saturday.

Strathendrick 40

Lenzie 38

RBS West Div 2

The stiff breeze was in the visitors’ favour as they quickly got into their stride and another try by Brown in three minutes gave them a 5-0 lead. Five minutes later a quick tap and chip by Endrick allowed Doyle to equalise.

The game swung back and forth, and Lenzie were next to score after good work by McCrae and McBride put McDermott over. Morrison goaled the conversion for 12-5.

Lenzie were finding it hard to maintain field position and on 30 minutes a fine move by the home backs allowed Ogilvy to touchdown.

Greenock missed the conversion, but succeeded with a subsequent penalty to give his team a narrow 13-12 lead.

A fine take by Letford was followed by a powerful burst from Paton who went over for a Lenzie try.

The half ended with young McCrae being held up over the line and the visitors wondered if a six-point lead was enough, especially as home no. 10 McDonald had shown his prowess with the boot.

Lenzie raised their game and played very well for 30 minutes into the wind which did diminish somewhat. Good cover by Morrison foiled an Endrick try attempt and this was followed by a monster drop goal by McDonald.

Lenzie then worked upfield, with McWilliams prominent. Morrison then broke well and Brown fed Condie for the burly centre to barrel over for a converted try.

The same player then combined with McBride to stage another break-out, but McDonald boomed over another drop goal for 26-19.

Lenzie worked upfield again and a quick tap by McCrae was fed by Derrick to Letford for a try.

Another good break by McWilliams and McBride was just kept out, but was quickly followed by Lenzie’s sixth try – fittingly scored by McCrae who showed the progress he has made over the season. The conversion was made and Lenzie had a 19-point lead with 10 minutes to go. Surely it couldn’t happen again, but it did.

Credit to Endrick for fighting back although their cause was helped somewhat by Lenzie being reduced to 14 men after a dangerous tackle.

The homesters scored three tries via McLaughlin (2) and Ogilvy, all converted, to make the final score 40-38.

It was an open game to be enjoyed by a neutral, but for the visiting team, coaches and support there was disbelief at their implosion. However two points were gained and second place in the league is still in Lenzie’s hands.

It’s time to stick together and for cool heads because there is no lack of skill and application in this side. The chance to make amends is at Viewfield on Saturday when Waysiders visit – kick-off at 3pm. Fans are urged to turn out and provide positive support.

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