West just pipped at the post in close run affair

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Lasswade 18

West 15

West are now third in the league following a very tight game against their Midlothian opponents after travelling east where the weather was far better than in Milngavie.

The Burnbrae squad got off to a fast start when Fraser Smeaton scored a chargedown try shortly after kickoff, unconverted to put West 0-5 into the lead.

Lasswade hit back with a series of driving mauls which West held up but play was brought back for a kickable penalty from which Lasswade narrowed the scores to 3-5. Lasswade were now surging forward powerfully, but West’s defence held up. The hosts had a heavy pack and won the first scrum, but West’s scrum technique came into play after that and they won most of the scrums after that.

Fraser Smeaton was then yellow carded after the team had been warned for breakdown offences, but it was West who increased their lead when Richie Tran squeezed between the defenders from the base of a driving maul to score. Ross McAulay converted to make it 3-12.

However, Lasswade managed to narrow the scores just before half time with a pushover try from a driving maul. The conversion was missed to go into half time 8-12.

After the restart Lasswade won a series of penalties and Iain Henderson was yellow carded for bringing down a maul. Lasswade were using the maul as an effective weapon with their heavy pack and scored another pushover from a maul unconverted to put them into a 13-12 lead.

The visitors were pushing back and scored themselves from a driving maul with Andy Ritchie grounded from the base. Again the conversion was missed and West were back in the lead at 13-17.

Both teams were now trying more adventurous ways to score, with enterprising attacks held back by good defences. The penalty count was very high and Lasswade suffered a sin bin themselves. However, Lasswade had the last word when yet another pushover try from their no 8 Donald Hearn scored his hat trick and Lasswade’s winner to give them victory despite them missing the conversion.

West will now continue to push for the finishing line, challenging for promotion in this their 150th year.