So near, yet so far for unlucky Lenzie

editorial image

LENZIE travelled to Strathendrick hoping to build on their strong finish to last week’s tussle with Cumbernauld.

Strathendrick............. 12

Lenzie RFC................ 11

However, a lengthening injury list meant the away support travelled across the Campsie Fells in hope rather than expectation.

Those players that stepped up, and those playing out of position, quickly allayed any concerns as Lenzie took the game to their opponents with gusto and were rewarded with a Scouller penalty.

The forward pack, led by captain McNeish, slugged it out with their promotion-chasing opponents in conditions which made free-flowing rugby nigh on impossible. However, Strathendrick grew into the game and scored a penalty of their own to level the scores at half-time.

Lenzie started the second half on the back foot as they were pinned into their own 22 by some intelligent tactical kicking.

Despite a monumental defensive effort, Strathendrick goaled two more penalties to stretch their lead to six points.

Playing into the teeth of a gale the Viewfield men refused to buckle and reduced the deficit to three points with another penalty, following a magnificent drive of over 20 phases. Strathendrick responded impressively with an opportunist drop goal to re-establish their six-point cushion.

However, Lenzie were far from done and forced a grandstand finish when good hands by McWilliams put McDonnell in for a spectacular try in the left hand corner.

Despite a huge effort by every player there were no more scores and Strathendrick took the spoils 12-11.

Lenzie were well worth their bonus point and travel to Strathaven on November 5 hoping to continue their promising cup run. The match starts at 2pm.