Narrow defeat for Loch on home turf
Lomond couldn’t get decisive break and lost by a point
Stephen Dennison Loch narrowly lost out in a closely contested game at the Dillichip on Saturday.
The home team was reshuffled following last week’s result and after losing players after injuries at training this week.
Loch Lomond took possession from kick off and straight away put pressure on the away team, with Deasy and Scott Newport being stopped agonisingly short of the try line. Lomond were camped in the opposition half and, as in recent matches, were unable to convert possession into points.
During this period of play Waysiders were reduced to 14 following a sin bin for a high tackle.
Almost 10 minutes laterGilm our found himself in the book and the referee levelling things up with a card a piece.
Both teams were trying to play rugby when they could, but throughout it was a very stop start game.
It was Waysiders who drew first blood and slotted over a penalty to go into the lead, despite Loch having the majority of possession.
The home side were running some set moves and nice hands saw McLoud chased down as he closed in on the score.
It was a while in coming but Lomond got themselves ahead through a converted try.
Paul Wilson weaved his way through the defence from 30 metres out and dived under the posts, to give Bailey an easy kick.
The opposition were upset and an exchange of words with the referee saw another player sin binned on the stroke of half time.
In the second half Lomond continued to see plenty of the ball, but more often than not possession was turned over by the opposition or an infringement occurred.
Mathieson was to get a yellow card for an alleged high tackle, as he and Wilson wrapped up the ball and attacker, which was deemed foul play.
It was only to get worse for Lomond. From deep in their own half Waysiders took the ball into contact and as the game continued Nicholson went down clutching his head.
The referee played on and with another Lomond player down Waysiders exploited the gaps and moved the ball well into space to score.
With Nicholson receiving treatment to an eye injury he was subsequently sent off during an exchange of views with the referee.
Loch Lomond went in search of a win and despite making breaks they couldn’t get the decisive breakthrough and lost by a point.
Despite the flurry of cards shown, the game was played in good spirit by both teams.
Lomond are away to Cumnock on Saturday and training continues each Wednesday at Argyle Park.
Loch Lomond ........ 7 W’siders D’pellier . 8