17-0 win for Endrick against Strathaven

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The only match in the division played on Saturday was the twice postponed game at Strathaven where Endrick were the visitors.

Conditions for this re-arranged fixture could hardly have been worse – the strongest, gusting wind ever experienced on a rugby park by some who have been in

the game for a long time.

The hurricane blew diagonally across the pitch which was very muddy underfoot and clearly quality rugby would be at a premium.

Strathaven kicked with the wind in the first half. As expected both sides struggled hugely

given the conditions. Running with ball in hand was a lottery and handling errors were frequent.

Endrick always looked the more threatening side and had great service from several players, notably Conor Gibson, George Gourlie and Duncan McEwan.

They threatened in several good attacks but could not cross the line and at the end of the half the score board was still blank.

In the second half Endrick with the wind put boot to ball to play in the home side’s 22 and they quickly had points to show.

Drew McDonald made the initial break and his off-load to Craig Mundell was taken over for a try in the corner. Not surprisingly in the conditions, Sam Greenock missed the conversion.

Strathaven made some good thrusts but rarely got near the Endrick line.

Midway through the half Shammy Ogilvy broke away with a typical burst scoring Endrick’s second try to ease the nerves.

Sam Greenock missed the conversion but a 10 - 0 lead would not be surrendered by a side battling for league points.

Endrick tied it all up in the final play of game when the ball passed down the backs for sub Alan Vickers to touch down on wing.

Drew McDonald converted to give Endrick a 17 - 0 win.

Team: D. Duff, S. McGill, R. Bruce, C. Mundell, Doug Beaumont; K. Campbell, S. Greenock, M. O’Connell, T. McNeill, C. Gibson, D. McEwan, B. Connor, J. Ogilvy, M. Calderwood, G. Gourlie. Replacements: A. Vickers, A. Macdonald, J. Allan, G. Davies and Dave Beaumont.