Jan 27 2012 by Andy Galloway, Lennox Herald (main ed)
Loch Lomond 3
RBS Reserve League West Pod A
LOCH Lomond’s second team hastily re-arranged this match to join their first team colleagues at Paisley on Saturday.
And it was another useful experience as they continued to advance as a squad as the end of their first season draws near.
In gale force wind and rain, snow and hail, Lomond battled away for the entire match.
They spent the majority of the first half with the wind at their back, pinning Paisley in their own half.
And after some great work by the forwards a penalty was awarded and Ian Norrie was only denied by some brave tackling.
Lomond were using all of their energy but they had nothing to show for it.
And they paid the price when Paisley successfully kicked a penalty to take a 3-0 lead.
However, they fought back when good play moved them forward for another penalty.
This time Scott Maitland made no mistake, so much so that he kicked the ball into a neighbouring property – never to be seen again. Things were all square at the break but with Paisley having the wind advantage in the second half, Lomond knew that they were up against it.
Worse still, with the mud, cold and brutal tackles taking their toll, several players decided that they could no longer continue.
The conditions were now becoming impossible for any rugby to be played other than in the forwards.
However, although the Paisley pack were growing in confidence, Lomond lightened the mood with some fantastic individual runs. The home side eventually took advantage of the elements with three unconverted tries and the afternoon drifted away from Lomond.
But the effort and dedication of the visitors was still there for all to see, even when they were reduced to 14 men after Norrie had to leave the field for a spell.
The players continued to work for each other and the game was contested to the very end.
Next up is a home game against Strathendrick in what will no doubt be another exciting and hard-fought contest.
Loch Lomond seconds: I Norrie, Craig, T Carruthers, Gren, Bruce, S Carruthers, O'Donnell, Turner, Wiggins, Maitland, Bridge, Lockhart, Richmond, Mitchell, Ward: Subs (all used): Fail-Gibbon, Chambers, Gavin, Robertson.
If you would like to play or assist with local rugby at any level, including match sponsorship, please contact the club through www.lochlomondrugbyclub.co.uk or call Tom Carruthers on 07785 345600