Happy win for ‘Shire at London Road

‘SHIRE ended a long and weather interrupted season with a resounding win at London Road against Millbrae from Ayr.

Rugby report for Saturday 7th May 2011

West League Division 1

Wigtownshire RFC 1stXV 39 Millbrae RFC 1stXV 12

This game was played at the third attempt, after bad weather led to the first game being cancelled and a lack of players available to Millbrae led to a second cancellation. The result of this game was however never in doubt, with ‘Shire leading 25 – 0 after about 22 minutes. ‘Shire lost the initiative for a period before the interval and Millbrae scored 2 tries within 10 minutes, both after sustained pressure on the ‘Shire defence. Apart from this short period ‘Shire were generally in control, except in the set scrums, where ‘Shire supporters were treated to the unusual sight of the ‘Shire scrum being shunted back. The loose play by the ‘Shire forwards however was good and lineout worked well. William Parker, playing in his last game for ‘Shire before moving to live in Aberdeen, led his backs well and there was some impressive play by the backs for the spectators to enjoy. William also had a very successful day, scoring a try, converting 4 of the 5 tries, and kicking 2 penalties, a total of 19 points.

The game began well for ‘Shire , playing from the town end and with a moderate breeze blowing across the field. William Parker converted a penalty within 3 minutes of the start, to put ‘Shire in the lead by 3-0. They soon increased the lead with a good try by Eddie Stevenson who took a pass from William Parker after a break by the fly-half opened the Millbrae defence. The kick failed but ‘Shire now led 8-0. 3 minutes later William Parker converted a penalty to increase the ‘Shire lead to 11-0. ‘Shire were very dominant at this stage and spent most of the game in the visitors’ 22. A tap penalty and drive by the forwards led to the next try scored by Campbell McGregor. William converted the try with a fine kick, cleverly using the wind to flight the ball between the posts. The score was now 18-0 to ‘Shire and they were well in control. William Parker’s line kicking was very effective at this stage, driving the visitors back deep into their 22 at every turn. The next try came 6 minutes later after a scrum on the Millbrae 22. William Parker broke right and fed Andrew Farquhar who had time and space to score a very good try. A fine kick by Willam Parker converted the try to make the score 25-0 to ‘Shire. The game looked over as a contest at this stage with some 30 minutes played but Millbrae found their feet and took the game to ‘Shire, testing their defence with some good work between backs and forwards. This led to a try on the right of the posts. The try was converted so the score was now 25-7. Millbrae continues to press after the restart and ‘Shire seemed to be on the back foot. It was no surprise when Millbrae scored again on the interval to make the half-time score 25-12 to ‘Shire. The score reflected ‘Shire’s dominance and was well deserved.

The second half was 10 minutes under way before ‘Shire scored their 4th try, a good effort by Ross McCreadie who took a pass and powered over after the ‘Shire forwards won a scrum in front of the posts. Willam Parker was on target with the conversion, so the score was now 32-12. There followed probably the best move of the game when Eddie Stevenson took a tap penalty, was held up short of the line, and fed the ball right along the line for a try in the right corner. Unfortunately the referee saw a forward pass and there was no score. ‘Shire had the last say with William Parker scoring a fine try and converting it to round off a vintage performance on his last game for ‘Shire. The score was now 39-12 and that was the final score.

Apart from the 10 minute period before the interval this was a solid performance by ‘Shire to end the season. They finished 4th in the league behind Strathendrick, Lenzie and Oban Lorne. The season was badly affected by weather but the ‘Shire coaching staff have done a good job in keeping the players fit and motivated. The structure for next season has yet to be finally decided, so we must wait to see which teams ‘Shire will be playing next season

Team: T Wilson, B Forsyth, N Warwick, A Farquhar (Capt) A Harvey, W Parker, C Stephens: M Hastie, D Watson, A Rae, C McGregor, A Love, G Keith, E Stevenson and K McNeil. Subs A McFadzean, R McCreadie, H McGeoch