5 years ago
By Craig Aitken
Ian Morrison has told his Waysiders/Drumpellier squad to push for survival now that league reconstruction will not increase the number of relegation spots.
The Langloan head coach had feared SRU officials would create a scenario whereby four teams from RBS West League Division Two would go down this term.
But Morrison says his information is that this is no longer the case and that there will only be two sides relegated.
At present, W/D sit fourth-bottom of the 12-team league, eight points above the drop zone occupied by struggling McLaren and Clydebank.
Morrison’s men welcome Carrick this Saturday following a weekend break due to the latest round of matches in the Six Nations championship.
And the W/D chief thinks that survival will be within touching distance if they manage to secure a sixth league win of the campaign.
“My understanding of the situation is that there will only be two teams going down this season,” he said.
“Therefore, that makes our position slightly better and it does give us a bit of breathing space.
“But we know there is still work to do in order to make absolutely sure of our place in this division for next season.
“It’s a massive game for us this weekend. Like ourselves, Carrick have not been on a great run so that levels the playing field.
“For us, it all comes down to availability. If everyone turns up to play, then I think we can go out and beat anybody.
“Should we get a positive result this weekend, it would be a huge step towards staying in this division.”
W/D lost 10-3 to McLaren in their last outing on Saturday, March 2.
In a hard-fought contest, neither side set the heather alight but McLaren did just enough to raise hopes that they, too, will be part of the West League Division Two structure next season.
Morrison was hugely disappointed with both the result and the overall quality of the game.
However, he pointed to absentee players as being a major issue and something W/D were unable to overcome.
He added: “We were without up to four of our particularly strong ball-carriers.
“Once again, player availability was a problem and that was the difference between getting a victory and the narrow defeat we suffered.
“There was nothing in the game and 90 per cent of it was played right through the middle of the park.
“It was a poor game between two teams who were unable to play any inspiring rugby. It was a disappointing result.”
Following the Carrick clash, W/D travel to Lenzie on Saturday, March 23.
Those two teams will then meet again the following Saturday at Langloan.
On Saturday, April 6, W/D will play their final home match of the season against Clydebank.
Morrison’s troops then have a month to wait for their last league fixture which is a North Lanarkshire derby at Cumbernauld although the coach is attempting to try and bring the game forward and play it on a midweek evening.