Villagers Claim Opening League Win
Strathendrick 34 - 36 Uddingston
It is over 20 years since Uddingston Rugby Club recorded a victory, either home or away, against last Saturday’s opponents Strathendrick. Fintry is never an easy away trip, and with both XV’s travelling for their respective league fixtures the Villagers travelled with a justified degree of confidence following their strong early season performances to date.
By 5pm their confidence was to be proved correct, as the 1st Xv recorded a narrow 36-34 victory in their BT West Division 2 fixture, while the 2nd XV had a more comfortable 38-27 success in their BT West Reserve League Division 3 encounter.
The results places the 1st XV in the top half of the table, having played 1 game less due to last week’s postponement, while the 2nd XV sit proudly atop the Reserve League table.
The 1sts trailed 24-19 at the break, in a 40 minute period which produced 7 tries between the sides. Tries from McGowan, Bradley and Millar were supported by 2 successful conversions from Kidd. The 2nd half saw both sides throw everything into the game in search of the vital victory. Tries from Boyd and King, both converted by Kidd, had kept the Villagers in touch and with only 5 minutes of play remaining the home side still held a slender 34-33 lead. The Villagers stuck to their task, and were rewarded in the 76th minute with a penalty. Showing no nerves, Kidd calmly slotted the ball between the uprights, pushing the Villagers into a 2 point advantage. Showing some real strength of character, the Villagers shut up shop and held the Strathendrick attack at bay, running the clock down for a hard fought, but well deserved victory, and their opening 5 league points of the season.
Over on pitch 2, the Villagers 2nd XV had a slightly more comfortable afternoon, running out deserved 38-27 victors.
Picking up from last week’s convincing victory at Paisley, the Villagers controlled the majority of the phases, using pace and power to secure the win. Try scoring honours went to Irvine (3), Anderson, E Fox, and McDermott. Allen slotted home 4 of the 6 conversion attempts to round off the scoring.
Next Saturday, 16/09, the Villagers XV’s again face matching opposition, but this time home and away. The 1st XV are in Division 2 action against Waysiders Drumpellier, while the 2nd XV make the reverse trip to Coatbridge to face the counterparts in their Reserve League fixture. Both matches kick off at 3pm