Relegation looms for Stewartry

This defeat is Stewartry’s seventh in a row this season and marks the club’s worst run in 40 years. The result leaves the team firmly fixed at the foot of West Division 1 and facing relegation.

Stewartry 19, Allan Glen’s 27

Stewartry, however, were on top for the first 10 minutes, scrum-half David Thomson being held up over the line as they looked for the opening score. During this spell Allan Glen’s struggled to break out of their own half, and the pressure paid off when David Kerr broke and gave James Farquhar the chance to open the scoring with a try in the corner.

Allan Glen’s found a way back, though, with an equalising score five minutes later and then went ahead when they drove over from a lineout. Stewartry fought back but the best they showed was when Danny Boyd was stopped just short.

After the interval, Allan Glen’s looked better and had Stewartry under pressure and notched a third try. Twelve minutes later, Stewartry’s cause was further hampered when John Fingland was sin-binned in a strange decision by the referee. Allan Glen’s capitalised on the numerical advantage with a fourth try and a bonus point. But Stewartry fought back with Kerr held up just short, as was Ian McMorran soon after, before Thomson eventually crashed over for a deserved score that Cammy Fenwick converted.

Stewartry bagged a third try when replacement Rory Porteous drove over, Fenwick again kicking the extra points. Stewartry looked to have done enough to have earned a losing bonus point until, in injury time, Allan Glen’s broke away for the final score of the game.

On a happier note, Stewartry 2nds went top of their league by thumping Annan 62-0.

John Low