Tough Day At The Office
Garnock travelled to Wigtown to take on Newton Stewart in their latest quest for league points with a much depleted squad due to injuries and other commitments. With a couple of first team debutantes and several positional changes the outlook was not bright.
The game started with Garnock kicking-off towards the town end and they were immediately on the back foot. Newton Stewart fielded the ball and drove back into the Garnock half. From a scrum 30 metres out they fed the ball through their backs and full back R.McCormack touched down for the first try of the match after only two minutes on the watch. The conversion was missed and NS moved into a 5 – 0 lead.
This reversal seemed to waken Garnock up and they started to take the game to NS and looked the better side for a few minutes. They were rewarded in the 6th minute when Lewis McGeachy was in the right place to finish off a powerful Garnock drive and score well out. With the difficult kick missed Garnock tied the game at 5 all.
Play ebbed and flowed with neither side gaining any advantage until NS fielded a long kick from Garnock, ran the ball back from their own 22 metre line for D.Sommerville to round off the move and score in the corner. The conversion was missed and after 12 minutes the score moved on to 10 – 5.
Two minutes later NS were caught offside at the NS 10 metre line. Paul Johnson goaled the kick to make a scoreline of 10 – 8 after 14 minutes.
For the remainder of the half NS continued to run the ball on every occasion they had possession. This attacking style of play was rewarded by tries in the 18th minute by M.McCormack, 25th minute by D.Sommerville and by M.McCormack in the 40th minute. J.Muir converted one and kicked two penalties to make the halftime score 33 – 8 to NS.
Garnock did have some bright spots in the half with Jordan Taggart unlucky not to score after a penetrating run in the 20th minute when he was held up over the line.. The set scrums were shared but the lineouts were going NS way.
However, in the second half it was all one-way traffic and NS ran in seven more tries with J.Muir converting three to make the final score 74 – 8 to a very promising Newton Stewart squad who now sit top of the league. The NS try scorers were L.Brawles, F.Morton with two, T.Wilson, R.McCormack with two and J.Muir.
The Garnock squad tried to the end and did have a few brighter moments but the NS powerful direct running at times was first class showing that they will be in the promotion hunt at the end of the season.
Next Saturday Garnock travel to Lenzie to take on the local side in another league match with a 3 o’clock kick-off.