A hard fought encounter at Ruth Menzie Field saw Strathendrick beat Cumbernauld 26-5 in their league division two game.
Last year the Auchenkilns team had a poor season and Endrick notched up two good wins against them but the opening league fixture in August was well won by Cumbernauld and the home side knew that they would have to put on a show to take the points.
They rose to the challenge and played with a confidence which made nonsense of their results to date.
Endrick made their usual rousing start but this time they added points to their early pressure. Inside three minutes the home pack had pushed their opposition around and Ewan MacKay rounded off with a try in the corner. Sam Greenock’s kick for goal missed but he more than made up for that soon after.
With the game still centred in the visitors’ 22 Endrick delivered the ball smartly from a scrum and Sam Greenock beetled round the blind side to run behind the posts for a second try, converted to make the score 12-0.
Play was mainly in the visitors’ half but the next scoring opportunity went to Cumbie. A
kick and chase was just won by an Endrick back, but his hack to safety was gathered by a
team-mate in an offside position halfway inside the Endrick half. The kick at goal was
Cumbernauld recovered from the shock of the early scores but when they had the ball they
found their hosts in confident mood. Every tackle was made to count and Endrick were much
quicker round the pitch so that they always seemed to have more men where it mattered.
This became a reality in 24 minutes when one of the visitors was sin-binned. Endrick cashed in on the extra man and Duncan McEwan drove over for Endrick’s third try. Sam Greenock added the extra points.
The Fintry effort to add to their tally was regularly thwarted by penalties against them,
the reason for which often baffled players and spectators alike. Back at full strength,
Cumbernauld put in a big bid to cut the 19 point deficit before the break but Endrick held
out even through the last couple of minutes of the half when they went down to 14 men
when Duncan McEwan was sin-binned.
Endrick, still short-handed, made the better start to the second half and had just got back to full strength in 12 minutes when David Wallace embarked on a twisting run which took him in for the try which earned the bonus point. Sam Greenock’s kick went over to make the score 26-0. They were now well in command and were close to scoring several times before a third yellow card was shown, James Ogilvy the recipient.
Two minutes later Cumbernauld marked up their only points with a try in the corner. From the restart kick Endrick were within a hand breadth of cancelling out that score. The attempted clearance was blocked and Kyle Campbell hacked the ball on, only to have it bounce away from him on the try-line.
Endrick: Moore, Mundell, Wallace, Bruce, Holmes, Campbell, Greenock, O’Connell, McNeill, Gibson, Gourlie, McEwan, McKay, Ogilvy, McKay. replacements McVean, Connor, Holmes, Calderwood, McGuffie and Ross.
This Saturday Endrick are away to Loch Lomond in a league match. Kick-off is at 2pm.