Ea­gles show fight in league de­feat

Cap­tain praises the team’s de­ter­mi­na­tion

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Shire (black and white) bat­tled well but lost out at New­ton Stew­art. Pic: Suzanne Ren­nie

last two matches is an in­di­ca­tion that we aren’t far away.”

An im­proved per­for­mance in Ayr­shire was es­sen­tial for Shire fol­low­ing their trounc­ing against Gor­do­nians in week one.

De­spite com­ing off the syn­thetic pitch fall­ing to a dis­ap­point­ing de­feat, the Ea­gles fought to the fi­nal whis­tle, giv­ing

the coach­ing team plenty to be op­ti­mistic about.

Hosts New­ton Stew­art started brightly with their di­rect and pow­er­ful run­ning caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems for the Perth de­fence.

Af­ter 15 min­utes, they had es­tab­lished a 12-point lead through two tries and a con­ver­sion.

Shire then en­joyed much of the pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory, hav­ing their hard work re­warded as Scott Al­corn raced around the home de­fence to dot down be­tween the posts. But more weak tack­ling al­lowed New­ton Stew­art to add an­other try be­fore the break.

Bat­tling Shire then edged up to the op­po­si­tion 22 and won a penalty, where the deficit was re­duced as Jonny Ar­mitt slot­ted the three points to add to his con­ver­sion, leav­ing the half time score 17-10 in the hosts’ favour.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued to be played at a fre­netic pace as both teams sought to con­trol the en­counter.

New­ton Stew­art ex­tended their lead with two more well-worked scores, but Shire con­tin­ued to bat­tle. Cal­lum Croughan barged over the line to claim his first try for the Ea­gles fol­low­ing a pe­riod of con­certed pres­sure with the score mov­ing to 27-17 af­ter Ar­mitt added the ex­tras.

The North Inch men sensed the chance of wrestling the win off their hosts, but fur­ther leaks in the de­fence al­lowed New­ton Stew­art to notch up their sixth try of the game and put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

The clos­ing stages saw the Shire win nu­mer­ous penal­ties and put pres­sure on the home line, but too many chances were spurned through in­ac­cu­rate pass­ing or loose car­ry­ing of the ball as they des­per­ately tried for a con­so­la­tion try.

Next up for Shire is a home clash with Ar­drossan Aca­dem­i­cals on Satur­day af­ter­noon and Pat­tin­son says the squad is up for the chal­lenge.

He ex­plained: “They’ve just come down to this league af­ter many years at a higher level, win­ning one hand­somely, but also los­ing heav­ily to a de­cent side.

“This re­sult will de­pend on who wants it more and who can take their chances. We’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

Break­ing bound­aries

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