Tough shift for de­pleted squad

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

A small Ste­wartry squad of 15 faced a hard task tak­ing on a full squad of 22 from Strathaven who have a great home record.

Strathaven had pos­ses­sion for the first five min­utes but, af­ter that, Ste­wartry set­tled down and played most of the first half in the home 22.

Only su­perb, tough de­fend­ing kept the Blacks from scor­ing on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

The game was played on a 3G sur­face and the bounce of­ten caught out Ste­wartry re­sult­ing in two tries and one con­ver­sion to the home team just at the end of the first half.

Ste­wartry winger Lo­gan O’Mal­ley went off 10 min­utes be­fore half time with a badly dis­lo­cated fin­ger.

But af­ter some ma­nip­u­la­tion by a Strathaven se­nior player in the club­house and some heavy strap­ping he man­aged to play the sec­ond half. All credit to the new winger.

Ste­wartry kept the pres­sure on in the sec­ond half and were re­warded half way through by a fine break­through try and con­ver­sion by Lochie Spence.

The vis­i­tors kept the pres­sure up for an­other score but were again de­nied by stout Strathaven de­fence.

The Blacks then went down to 14 play­ers as first the ever present Pacey Ho went off with a knee in­jury on the hard sur­face then 13 with Tom Al­lan tak­ing a knock to the jaw.

Strathaven took full ad­van­tage of the ab­sence of subs and scored two tries and two con­ver­sions in the last 10 min­utes to take the game out of Ste­wartry’s reach.

Ste­wartry lost an­other player, Alistair Wood, near the end with a head knock. With only 12 play­ers it was an im­pos­si­ble task to come back.

How­ever, at home and with a full squad it will be a much dif­fer­ent pic­ture when the teams meet again in Novem­ber. Man of the match was the pow­er­ful ball car­ry­ing Ryan Kerr. Ste­wartry scor­ers: Lochie Spence - one try and a con­ver­sion Squad: An­drew Budde; Con­nor McGuire; Fin­lay Telfer; Grant Waugh; Gre­gor Todd; Lochlann Spence; Lo­gan O’Mal­ley; Luke Thom­son; Oskar Kapron; Pacey Ho; Ryan Kerr; Tom Al­lan; Fin­lay Smith.

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