STRATHENDRICK 0, LENZIE 7.
Endrick have scored 47 league tries in 7 games while Lenzie have conceded only 7 in 6, it looked like an irrestible force meeting an immovable object.
Endrick lost their undefeated league record when principal rivals Lenzie visited Ruth Menzies Field on Saturday. In league matches played this season Endrick have scored 47 tries in their seven games while Lenzie have conceded only seven tries in the six games they have played. It looked like an irrestible force meeting an immovable object; this time the immovable object prevailed.
As expected, both sides were well supported and the spectators at least were spared the torrential rain which had persisted for the last few days. The pitch, though soft, had otherwise stood up well to the weather. From the start it was clear that the sides were well matched and in the opening minutes both found that thundering tackles would be the order of the day. Lenzie had a slight territorial advantage in the first quarter of the game while Endrick had the edge in the exchanges leading up to half-time but neither side had been able to set up a clear scoring opportunity in 40 action packed minutes and at the break the scoreboard was blank.
Lenzie recovered the initiative after the restart but Endrick's defence held firm against the early assault. Not surprisingly in the damp conditions mistakes were made but with every player on the pitch giving 100% there always seemed to be cover to sort things out. Endrick ran out of cover in 50 minutes when they lost possession in midfield and the ball was fed out to Lenzie's right winger Kyle McBride. Finding a bit of space for the first time in the game the winger went outside the defence to score out wide, Dan Scouller adding the extra points for the conversion.
This score gave the visitors a big boost and they piled on the pressure but Endrick held firm with occasional forays into Lenzie territory which were always held up before the visitors' line was threatened. Midway through the half Bruce Duncan had a kick at goal from a penalty award 35 metres out but the attempt was off target. One other surging break looked promising for Endrick until a poor pass went to ground and a chance was lost.
In the late stages Lenzie piled on the pressure to widen the gap and deny Endrick a losers' bonus point. The Fintry men were equal to the requirements although they did have one heart-stopping when Lenzie had a penalty wide on their left. Fortunately the kick fell short and the match ended in a 7-0 win for Lenzie. All the players deserve congratulations for their contribution. In a fiercely contested game with a lot at stake their commitment and discipline was excellent. The fact that in the circumstances each side conceded only one penalty which was deemed to be within kickable distance says it all.
Endrick now have 36 points from eight games and Lenzie with a game in hand have three points fewer.