Clydebank welcomed Uddingston to Whitecrook for their first league match in the new look RBS West Division 2 league
There were no fewer than 7 changes to the team defeated by Lenzie in the RBS Bowl the week previous; with Ross Moffat returning to scrum half, Allan Salisbury in the front row and Lloyd McCord getting the nod at back row.
Clydebank were first to score on 8 minutes with David McLintock going over in the corner. A ruck 10 metres allowed the pass out left from Moffat and McLintock was always going to win the 1 on 1. The conversion was missed and Clydebank led 5-0
A missed penalty by Michael Starkey on 10 mins saw the kicking duties change to Ross Moffat who succeeded with a further penalty on 13 mins to give Clydebank an 8-0 lead.
Euan Cuthbert scored a nice back row try on 35 mins after a previous attempt by Connor Sloss saw the big second row held up over the line. From the resulting 5m scrum, Cuthbert picked from no 8 to score in the corner. Moffat’s excellent conversion from near the touchline gave Clydebank a 15-0 lead.
Just before half time McLintock scored his second try after a tackle cum collision on his own 22 saw the ball spilled by an Uddingston player. McLintock showed great awareness to hack the ball through and run 70 metres, showing some socceresque control at the try line to touch down. Moffat added the conversion for what looked like an insurmountable 22-0 half time lead.
Uddingston had other ideas though and scored their first try on 58 mins, missed tackles letting them in under the posts. ‘Bank had a chance to add a fourth try but weren’t clinical enough and the ball was turned over. A further Uddingston try 5 minutes from time shortened Clydebank’s lead to 8 points. The Villagers missed a penalty attempt which would have given them a losing bonus point and they continued to pressure Clydebank but the home side held out for the 22-14 win which puts them in the top half of the league table on week 1.
Next week Clydebank travel to Oban Lorne for what is always a tough fixture. The 2nd XV also resume league duty next week against Strathendrick 2nd XV.