AFTER losing their previous three games by a combined total of four points Lenzie went into this must-win game knowing that they had defeated Waysiders Drumpelier reasonably easily a few weeks ago.
Lenzie RFC....................... 31
Waysiders Drumpelier............. 3
RBS West Division 2
However, the visitors put up a good show and always looked dangerous. Lenzie got on the scoreboard quickly when a no. 8 pick-up by Duncan was followed by fast hands from Morrison to Byres, who put Nisbet into space. The flying winger did well to beat two men and although he was tackled he was able to regain his feet to dive over for a try.
Power missed a penalty for WD, but soon had another chance and made no mistake to make it 5-3 after eight minutes. WD were kicking for position, but Lenzie worked their way upfield on several occasions without being able to score.
McCrae had a good charge down the left, but Lenzie could not capitalise. After 25 minutes Lenzie kicked a penalty to touch. Williams then picked out Brown and the ball was fed to McWilliams in a congested midfield. The young centre did very well to weave his way through the crowd and went over for a good try, which deflated his fellow Coatbridge citizens. Morrison converted for 12-3 and this score remained until half-time.
Turning with the wind and looking for two tries to secure the win and bonus point, Lenzie became bogged down in their own half and WD sensed their anxiety.
The visitors had a good 20-minute spell and camped on the home line for prolonged periods where only stout defence by the whole Lenzie team kept them out.
A rare Lenzie foray into the opposition half resulted in a well-worked try from Nisbet, who finished a fine planned move by Morrison and his centres. This made the score a bit more comfortable for Lenzie, but WD fought back again and only a brave tackle by Letford kept their right winger out.
McLean was sin-binned, but the Lenzie pack of seven hung on grimly and when a visiting line-out throw went astray McCrae cleared his lines well, and young winger Lowrie and full-back McBride harried the opposition in their own half.
Lenzie took the ascendancy and although a couple of kicks were overhit they stayed in the WD half for the remainder of the game.
They secured the bonus point with five minutes to go via a solo effort from no. 8 Brett, following a scrummage pick-up.
McKinlay added the extra points and repeated this shortly thereafter when McLean atoned for his yellow card when he took a quick tap and barged over.
The final score of 31-3 took Lenzie a point clear of promotion rivals Stewarty with a better points difference of 100 points.
Both teams have one game left, but it is not until May 11, when Lenzie travel to Cumbernauld.
This week Lenzie have their annual awards dinner which normally brings the season to a close, but due to fixture congestion they need to make one last effort the following week.
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