First win of the sea­son for Lochaber

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

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.

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