Stewartry 42, Clydebank 7
Stewartry enjoyed a six tries to one victory over Clydebank to set the night up for a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of their clubhouse in September 1992.
It was a slow start to the game as Clydebank’s kick-off did not go the required 10 metres and the first few minutes were spent between the 10-metre lines. But after five minutes Stewartry captain Ian Fenwick led the way forward with Stevie McCulloch to put Robert Wallace in for the opening try. Cammy Fenwick added the conversion.
Minutes later, McCulloch broke away again with veteran Paul Swalwell – who had a colour-blind moment when he gave the perfect pass to a Clydebank defender in a black shirt. Unfortunately, Stewartry were playing in their blue change strip so the scoring chance was lost.
Danny Boyd was next to break into the Clydebank half with a 30-metre jinking run.
Clydebank were in charge of the lineouts with tall gangly jumpers taking good possession.
Twenty minutes in John Muir gathered a high kick ahead to take the game back from the Stewartry 22 over the halfway line.
Clydebank were more than a match for Stewartry at this stage, taking two strikes against the head plus some good possession among their backs. Stewartry had been warned about the number of penalties they were giving away and, on the half-hour, winger Robert Wallace suffered when the referee showed him a yellow card.
McCulloch and Rory Porteous were stopped just short of the line after taking a quick penalty. Clydebank were stopped from scoring a try in the corner when John Muir made a last-ditch tackle.
Clydebank missed a penalty just on half-time, leaving the score 7-0 to Stewartry.
After the break Stewartry were soon on the attack and a good passing move through the backs put Paul Swalwell in for a try to celebrate becoming Stewartry’s third most games played player now 349. Fenwick added the conversion. Six minutes later Liam Henderson was at the front of a forward drive to score a third try, Fenwick again adding the extras.
Prop Stuart Broll came on as a replacement and was soon charging through the Clydebank defence and, along with hooker Danny Burton, put Ian Fenwick in for the bonus point try. Cammy converted his brother’s score. Ten minutes later standoff Craig Mosey chased up a chip ahead to score a fifth try, assisted by the nearest defender running straight into the padded goal post as he went to tackle – a moment enjoyed by the big crowd. Cammy Fenwick added the points by drop-kicking the conversion. Clydebank had battled hard throughout and with 10 minutes left scored a deserved try converted by the scrumhalf.
Five minutes from the end Rory Porteous spotted a gap in the Clydebank defence and was in for an opportunist score – his first of the season. Cammy Fenwick completed a full house of conversions, the first for a long time. This was a good win for Stewartry but they must cut out the number of penalties given away and losing good possession. However, this gives Stewartry five bonus points from five games to keep them third in the league.
Stewartry have no game this week. The next match is on October 13 away to Wigtownshire when the clubs will be playing for the Hannay Tully Cup and RBS league points.
Stewartry squad; J Muir, R Wallace, D Boyd, C Fenwick, D Kerr, C Mosey, J Farquhar, K Amos, D Burton, T Cannon, L Henderson, R Porteous, S McCulloch, P Swalwell, I Fenwick (captain), S Broll, C Davidson, J Fingland, A Kerr, I McMorran, M Taylor.