1st XV - Report
1st team rue penalty count against Cumbernauld
Whitecrook played host to both 1st and 2nd XV on Saturday and the firsts were dealt a major blow in their quest to avoid relegation as they were beaten 9-8 by old rivals Cumbernauld.
Cumbernauld took the lead after 20 minutes from a penalty and were then reduced to 14 after playing the ball off their feet too many times on the deck for the referees liking. Clydebank were unable to take advantage of the extra man to score any tries but Ross Moffatt confidently struck a penalty to even things up from 30 metres. Cumby missed another penalty chance from the same distance and the half ended equal.
The Bankies made a couple of changes at half time with second row Peter Watson replaced by Ross Short and Jack McCombe took stand off David Millers place. Short made some big hits in defence as the home side tried to gain the lead and Parr and centre partner Michael Starkey continued to make line breaks. The penalty count against Clydebank was rising though and was killing any chance of gaining any consistent attacking momentum. Cumbernauld's stand off struck another penalty from long range to take the lead then the Bank forwards took over. In a 10 minute spell they rumbled their way up the park and battered the away line. Moffatt exploited the space down the blind side and fed Shearer who ran in from 5 metres out to score the games only try in the right corner. Moffatts conversion from out wide was missed.
Clydebank then contributed in their own downfall 5 minutes from time. Another penalty was conceded and the away stand off slotted the kick to take a 1 point lead. Their was still time to make amends and Starkey made a great 30 metre break in the last minute and launched a wide pass to MacLean in space who would have surely scored but knocked on and the chance was gone. Cumbernauld played out the final few seconds from the resulting scrum to win the game and leave Bank bottom of the table. They now only have 6 games to save their season and have games in hand to do so and must cut out the penalties and poor decision making to claw their way up the league.