First win of the season for Lochaber
Lochaber were looking to finally get their first win of the league this season after only beating Mull in a friendly.
Lochaber started well from the kick- off and it wasn’t long until they opened the scoring, spreading the Shetland defence to score out wide. This was a marker of things to come.
The first scrum saw Lochaber take control of the set piece yet again but it wasn’t long until one of the Shetland props picked up a knee injury and, with no replacement props, the scrums became uncontested nullifying any advantage Lochaber might have had in that area.
With lineouts going well and Lochaber being able to steal a lot of Shetland’s ball, they were able to get a lot of possession. With all this possession the Lochaber backs were finally able to show what they could do with ball in hand, finding holes in the Shetland defence time and time again to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Shetland did manage to get some points on the board with a penalty in off one of the posts in the first half. From the resulting kick- off, Lochaber winger and man of the match John Jones caught the ball and proceeded to run straight through the Shetland defence to give Lochaber another try which was converted by Jonathan McCook.
Shetland’s only other points came with a try when their tighthead prop managed to force his way over the line from close range. Shetland were starting to lose players through injury and Lochaber agreed to end the game with around 10 minutes left on the clock.
The final score was Lochaber 64-10 Shetland.
Lochaber try scorers were as follows: John Jones (2), Findlay Ireland (2), Jack Ringland (2), John MacKerlich, Euan Larter, Callum Boyd and Callum MacDonald. Conversions: Jonathan McCook (7).
Lochaber will now wait to see where they will be playing next season as they have applied to move to the west leagues.
Callum Boyd crashes his way over the line for a try.
Lochaber’s Callum Boyd tussles with the Shetland opposition. Photos: Abrightside Photography.