Cartha QP 2nds 10-0 Marress
Marress endured a frustrating afternoon against a numerically superior Cartha side at rain-lashed Dumbreck.
They travelled to Dumbreck - a pleasant venue for a rugby match during the summer but somewhat less so on this occasion - with only fourteen players, while Cartha were allowed to start with a full complement of fifteen.
This appeared to scupper any chance of the game being any kind of contest - particularly when the Cartha scrum-half scored two tries down the undefended wing in the first twenty minutes, both of which went unconverted.
But the visitors, to their credit, stuck to their task and not only managed not to concede any further tries, but created numerous scoring chances of their own that they might have converted with better support play than was possible under the circumstances.
Chief among these in the first half were a good break into the Cartha half by Jordan Marshall from a scrum only for play to be brought back for a penalty, and a promising handling move involving James Cooney and Michael Kirk which broke down before coming to fruition.
Among the highlights of the second half was John Murdoch's dangerous run into the Cartha half before playing in Martin Sneddon, who was unfortunate to get caught in traffic as he sought to break through the home defence.
Shortly afterwards, Craig Williams nearly scored on a kick play but the ball ran dead before he was able to touch it down. Murdoch then thought he had finally got the visitors on the board when he crossed in the left corner from a quickly taken throw-in, only to find the referee had already whistled to form the lineout.
The home side could have extended their lead at the death when one of their back row found himself racing clear but opted to kick ahead instead of keeping the ball in hand.
Next up for Marress is a trip to Fullarton Park next Saturday to play their counterparts at Marr, who will no doubt be keen to make amends for their 3-0 defeat in November's night time derby.