West of Scotland were unable to mark the day of their 150th anniversary gala dinner with a win as they went down 23-22 to Perthshire in their BT National League Division 3 encounter at Burnbrae on Saturday.
West started brightly, but Perthshire’s first attacking move was a good one and Adam Pattinson touched down for a try which Graeme Clow converted.
West then pummelled the Perthshire defence and eventually ran back a Perthshire clearance, went through the phases and found Darren Allan on the overlap. The conversion was missed, leaving West 7-5 behind.
Alexander Fisken then found a gap in the defence and nearly found the line but managed to pass to an onrushing Leask Carnegie who scored comfortably. Mark Davis converted to put West 12-7 ahead.
Ross MacAulay intercepted to run in West’s third try from the halfway line unopposed and although the conversion was missed, West looked comfortable at 17-7.
But Perthshire had other ideas and a Gavin Bloice try and Clow conversion made the half-time score 17-14.
Clow was having a very good kicking day and two penalties put Perthshire 20-17 ahead.
West hit back when a Perthshire clearance found Drew Readie and after a series of passes then pick and drives the ball was spun wide to Ross Carnegie who scored in the corner.
The conversion was missed but West now led 22-20 with a try bonus.
Had West been able to hold matters as they stood it would have been a satisfactory afternoon’s work but the scrum then mysteriously fell to pieces.
Prop Neil Fullarton was yellow carded and Perthshire came at the West line with wave after wave of attacks.
Eventually the dam was breached and Perthshire won a penalty. Clow had been a high class kicker all game and didn’t miss this one to put his side 23-22 in front.
West tried hard to force some kind of score but just couldn’t peg it back.
The match ended with a long range penalty which was missed, and West suffered their first defeat of the season, but still took two bonus points.