Sat 21
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Cumbernauld “away woes” continue

Cumbernauld “away woes” continue

By Iain Calder
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Strathendrick RFC 39 Cumbernauld RFC 3

The good farmers of Fintry and district having gathered in all their crops, prepared silage for the winter months and secured their livestock indoors until the spring, turned their minds to more pleasurable pursuits and thus Strathendrick Rugby Club found themselves at full strength for the visit of Cumbernauld on Saturday. Having won the opening game of the season comfortably against the same opponents, Cumbernauld must have thought that the return match would be a formality, with Strathendrick anchored firmly to the foot of the table. As is often the case, a combination of returning players for the home team and Cumbernauld’s inability to secure the services of their best players for away fixtures resulted in a fairly comfortable win for the Stirlingshire outfit in this BT West Division League 2 fixture. Played against the pleasant backdrop of the Campsie Hills, Strathendrick adapted more quickly to the sticky surface than their higher-placed league opponents and soon moved into a commanding lead. Cumbernauld’s woes started even before a ball was kicked in earnest when stand-off Alex Stokes had to retire during the warm up due to injury. This meant a rejigging of the Black’s back line, with Andrew Reid coming out of centre to fill in at stand off. Their difficulties continued when Anthony Rice was forced off by injury just before half time as Strathendrick cruised to a 2-0 try scoreline by the interval.
In the second half further injuries to Ian Hepburn and Andrew Reid further handicapped the Auchenkilns outfit who by now were hanging on for their dear lives. A further 2 tries were conceded in the second half for Strathendrick to secure their bonus point. Full credit must be paid to Strathendrick who started the game really strongly with a resolve that belied their lowly league position. They took the game constantly to Cumbernauld, who although competing bravely throughout, could not cope with the incessant pressure inflicted on them by the strong home outfit. For Cumbernauld, Daniel Prinn continues to impress while Stevie Carlin put in a great shift. Referee Rod Glass, who is shortly to become a member of Cumbernauld RFC when he completes his move from Edinburgh to the West of Scotland highlighted Cumbernauld’s “jewels in the crown” half-back partnership of Jordan and Andrew Reid as absolutely key performers for the Badgers. Next week Cumbernauld host Paisley RFC at Auchenkilns with a 2 pm kick-off with training on Tuesday at Our Lady’s Gym Hall and on Thursday at Croy. After Saturday’s run of results, Cumbernauld occupy fifth place in mid league with Stewartry and McLaren the front runners.
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Sat 21, Nov 2015




Division 2