Mof­fat work hard against Birk­myre

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORTS -

Mof­fat Rams hit the road for their first away game in Ten­nent’s West Divi­sion 3 against Birk­myre on Sun­day.

The match was played at Greenock due to pitch works at the usual Kil­ma­colm pitches.

A glo­ri­ous day by the sea didn’t start too well for the Rams and a slow start had them 21-0 down af­ter 20 min­utes.

The Rams col­lected the kick-off through a knock-on and started to lead the charge with runs from Scott Gal­loway, Ge­orge Beamish and Martin Sala­man.

Penal­ties were the or­der of the day from the man in the mid­dle but no cards were shown.

The Rams soon found set piece form and dom­i­nated both li­ne­outs and scrums.

It was the lat­ter that got the Rams on the board with an ex­cel­lent scrum and a num­ber eight pick from Beamish set the plat­form for Max Dou­glas to find Sala­man com­ing route one smash­ing his way through the de­fence and score, un­con­verted – 21-5.

Birk­myre re­sponded with a un­con­verted try 26-5 but it was that man Sala­man who popped up again and, like the pre­vi­ous score from open play, crashed over and was con­verted by Dou­glas 26-12 at half-time.

The sec­ond half got un­der way with Birk­myre still on the end of count­less penal­ties.

Cammy Lit­tle kept the lines clear with some good kicks to the cor­ner for the pack to work from.

Ryan Herds­man played well all game and got his pack in or­der from scrums to li­ne­outs and off they mauled down­field.

An­other penalty, this time from the scrum and af­ter sev­eral rucks Gre­gory Robin­son bun­dled his way over and was con­verted by Dou­glas mak­ing the score 26-19.

The tide had changed and a missed penalty from Dou­glas, a yel­low card for Mark Smith for a high tackle and it was the Rams who soon found them­selves leak­ing three scores af­ter such great pres­sure. 41-19.

With time to spare and a rally from cap­tain Johnny Lit­tle, the Rams hit back with a point to prove and take some­thing from the game.

Charge af­ter charge from the for­wards nearly re­sulted in score but af­ter some fran­tic play and a loose ball, it was Cammy Lit­tle who re­acted and flicked the ball off the deck to Dou­glas who found Josh Burgess and fi­nally onto Kieran Wood to dot down in the cor­ner, con­verted by Dou­glas. Full time score 41-26. A dis­ap­point­ing fi­nal score which didn’t re­flect the ef­forts on the pitch. Man of the match went to Martin Sala­man and Ryan Herds­man.

Squad: J Lit­tle (C), S Cochrane, R Herds­man, S Gal­loway, M Sala­man, G Beamish, R Dren­nan, G Robin­son, D Herds­man, M W Jones, M Dou­glas, C Lit­tle, G Cameron, J Burgess, C Lloyd, K Wood, M Smith, S Jack­son.

The Rams are at home to Waysiders Drumpel­lier on Satur­day at 3pm.

Pri­mary train­ing will be held on Sun­day at 11am and the sec­ondary team have an away fix­ture against New­ton Ste­wart.

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