STEWART CALLS TIME
Cambus coach leaves following relegation defeat
Cambuslang Rugby Club coach Robbie Stewart has left the club after they were relegated from the BT West Division 1 on Saturday.
The Cambus lost 20-29 to Garnock in what was a must win for Stewart’s men if they had any chance of avoiding the drop.
Tries from David Bolton, Alec Bean, Kriss Hughes and five points from Euan Jones’ kicking was not enough for the Coats Park side that will play in the BT West Division two next season.
Coach Stewart said: “I’ve decided that I am moving on from Cambuslang and I told the players and the club about my decision after the match on Saturday.
“I just felt that it was becoming increasingly frustrating with having to prepare the team with Cambuslang and it wasn’t doing the team or I any good.
“I believe I am leaving on good terms with the club and I hope they can mount another promotion push next season.”
Stewart guided Cambuslang to promotion in the 2014/15 season after finishing second behind Oban Lorne with 13 wins in total.
The coach described the current season as a “struggle” for his team who had managed only three wins in 17 matches.
His assistant coach, Frankie Clark will take charge of the team for the last game of the campaign away to Oban Lorne this weekend.
Commenting on the defeat to Garnock that sealed Cambuslang’s fate, Stewart said: “It was very disappointing but not unexpected.
“We were missing key players and some of them were playing through injuries.
“The game was typical of our season, we were close but not close enough.
“We were behind 20- 3 and scored a try right before half-time.
After that we managed to get it back to 20-18 but they stretched the lead and we ended up trying to throw everything at them just to score in the later stages of the game.
“We did so well to score three tries without reply but Garnock got back into the game.
“The players put a lot of effort into it as they did in all the match days. I can’t fault their effort or commitment and they played through the pain barrier for the club.
“Ultimately our most difficult opponent was ourselves this year. We couldn’t get a consistent winning run of games and the season was one of missed opportunities.”
Cambuslang travel to Oban for the second time in two weeks after the previous match was called off due to an ‘unplayable’ park.
They trail Helensburgh by three points having played two games more.
Exit Former Cambus boss Robbie Stewart