The Badgers lost their home beaten run to a spirited and well drilled young Cumnock side. Cumbernauld seemed to be still suffering post festive blues as it took Cumnock just 4 minutes to record their 1st try. A few minutes later Cumbernauld almost reduced the deficit with a penalty, but Andrew Reid’s well struck kick rebounded off the post. Cumbernauld then had to reshuffle the backline as stand-off, Ian Moffat went off with an ankle injury. Cumnock always appeared to be in control and any incursions into their half by Cumbernauld were quickly thwarted, but it took Cumnock another 10 minutes to record their 2nd try. Cumbernauld responded quickly and after a strong period of attack, scrum half JJ McNair dived over for a try, Andrew Reid failed with the conversion to make the score 5 – 11. Cumnock ran in 3 more tries of which 2 were converted to give the visitors 29 points to 5 lead at half time. Cumbernauld then lost hooker, Andrew Logan and had to reshuffle the pack for the beginning of the 2nd half.
The Badger’s Captain, Jordan Reid took the unprecedented step of taking his team into the dressing room at half time for a stern talk but this appeared to be ineffective as Cumnock ran in try within 3 minutes of the second half kick-off after some poor defending. This woke up Cumbernauld attack as they constantly pushed Cumnock into their 22 and their efforts were eventually rewarded with a fine try after a strong drive by Cumbernauld’s Man of the Match, Ian Hepburn following his No8 pick up. This time Andrew Reid made no mistake with the conversation to take the score to 34-12 in the visitors favour. Despite constantly playing in the Cumnock half, the home team failed to capitalise and Cumnock ran in 2 more converted tries after some sloppy defence of quick penalties. Other outstanding home performances came from Jonathan Kenny in the forwards and Martin Caldwell in the backs.
Cumbernauld need to work hard on reducing their handling errors and penalty count for next week’s visit of 3rd placed Annan if they wish to keep up their strong home record.
Training continues on Tuesday at Our Lady’s Gym Hall and on Thursday at Croy.