New boys give good account of themselves

Wigtownshire Under-16s 17, Stewartry Under-16s 22

The newly formed Wigtownshire Under-16s team was in action at London Road on Sunday.

This was only the third outing for the young ’Shire squad against a big, more experienced, visiting side from Castle Douglas. The fixture was one of a three-game preliminary round in the West Regional Cup competition. Last weekend the fledgling team lost heavily away at Newton Stewart. They went into their first competitive home game hoping to show what they had learned from that encounter.

From the kick-off it was clear to those watching that this was going to be close game. The home side took an early lead through a well-scored try from Kieran Hannah under the posts. Adam McIntosh stepped up to add the conversion. Stewartry came back with their own try from a solid scrum and fine No 8 pick-up and drive, which they converted. Not to be outdone, after a good period of pressure, Javin Hannah picked up from the back of the scrum to score a try, which went unconverted. When the half time whistle came the ’Shire boys held a 12-7 lead.

The Stewartry side started the second half in a determined fashion and brought the game to the home team. However, a defensive tackle from Gregor Henry dislodged the ball. Kerr Hannah picked it up and sprinted in for the home side’s third try. Once again this was unconverted. As the game continued, the visitors’ size, experience and game knowledge brought them back into the contest. This allowed them to score three tries without reply, despite the best effort of the ’Shire boys to break down their attack.

At the final whistle the visitors had over hauled the home side to win 22-17.

The young ’Shire boys gave a good account of themselves on the day. Coach Eddie Stevenson said: “I am really pleased with our progress. We have a young side, who are learning all the time. We have just started and are playing teams who have been together for some time. It looks very good for the future.”

The team has one more game in this part of the competition. They play against Dumfries later this week. Then they will progress into the West Regional Bowl competition.

Wigtownshire Under-16s: Charlie Forrest, Tom Birkett, Josh McCurry, Kerr Hannah, Kevin Aitken, Kieran Stevenson, Dean Rickard, Javin Hannah, Bobby Lammie, Adam McIntosh, Liam Downie, Gregor Henry, Kieran Hannah, Stewart Henry, Scott Haazen

Replacements: Callum Lammie, Ewan Jamieson, Jim Howie, Billy Ross, Kyle Knott,