1st XV - Report
WAYSIDERS/DRUMPELLIER 16 STRATHAVEN 15
IT went down to the wire but lady luck was smiling on Waysiders/Drumpellier as they secured their first win of the season.
Kick the seemingly easy conversion, they would win the game. Miss, and victory belonged to W/D.
The ball hit the post.
A narrow one-point success for Ian Morrison’s side. Some triumphs are pretty, some gritty.
But they all count and ex-Hamilton Bulls coach Morrison hopes it’s the first of many.
“It’s our first win in a long time,” he told Advertiser Sport. “It was a game of chess and I think we made the right moves.
“We are coming into this season on the back of a relegation so getting this win is so important.
“Strathaven had the better of the first half but we were very good defensively which countered that.
“I thought we dominated the second half but they tried to loosen the game up by running the ball from everywhere.
“The game could have gone either way. They will feel that they maybe should have won.
“But it’s a win for us and we’ll take it.”
Morrison has already highlighted how competitive he expects the league to be this term with all of the teams closely matched.
And he reflected on the key areas which swung the contest in W/D’s favour.
“We were a heavy pack offensively,” he added. “But they were dominant in the forward exchanges.
“At half-time, I moved our captain on the day, Neil Logue, from centre to No 8.
“We were very good in the first half defensively. Neil and Alex Nijinksi did a good job nullifying the threat of their centres but they came back at us a bit in the second half.
“Strathaven ran out of steam, though, as we had a lot of possession. We were also helped by a magnificent kicking game from Phil MacKenzie.”
David Power also had a great game with the boot as he successfully kicked three penalties and one conversion.
The extras came after a try from nicky maguire. Strathaven touched down at 16-10 late-on but squandered the conversion opportunity.
Now it is on to Fintry and a date with Strathendrick; not a happy hunting ground for Morrison.
He also has personnel issues to deal with but is hopeful of boosting the squad with some fresh faces.
“Inconsistency of selection is hurting us a wee bit just now,” Morrison acknowledged. “It’s becoming an issue.
“I have never won at Strathendrick. Even in my Hamilton days, we couldn’t win up there.
“Hopefully, that will change this weekend.
“The next two games are very important for the club as we are playing two of the better teams in the league in Strathendrick and Annan.”