First home loss to Greenock

The Galloway News - - DRIVE TIME EXTRA -

T J McCar­ney and Mick McCul­loch put in a cou­ple of strong tack­les as Greenock pres­sured the Blacks’ line be­fore open­ing the scor­ing with a try at the posts which was eas­ily con­verted for 7-0 to Wan­der­ers after only eight min­utes.

Seven min­utes later Mil­li­gan and Fing­land gained a li­ne­out for Ste­wartry which the Blacks won and Maxwell broke, win­ning an­other penalty. Craig Mosey kicked the points for the Blacks, tak­ing the score to 3-7.

Mosey put in a big clear­ance kick, tak­ing play to the Greenock 22, where Spence won a tackle and a scrum for a knock-on.

Hamil­ton won a penalty as Ste­wartry put Greenock un­der pres­sure with Picken and Austin carv­ing holes in the de­fence. Boyd was just beaten in a chase to the cor­ner.

It all came to noth­ing, though, as the Greenock back line quickly moved the ball along and back again to score a sec­ond try and con­ver­sion in what had been a bruis­ing first half. Half-time 3-14 to Greenock.

Ste­wartry started the sec­ond half at a high tempo, driv­ing and pick­ing up penal­ties. Mosey was mak­ing kicks to touch where Ste­vie McCul­loch was win­ning most of the throws by Danny Boyd.

Greenock turned up the heat with a num­ber of at­tacks which fin­ished with a penalty kick at the posts that was missed. But luck was with them when the Ste­wartry drop-out went straight to the Greenock full-back and he sprinted right through the de­fence for the third try. The con­ver­sion was missed.

A se­ries of high tack­les by Greenock again went un­pun­ished. Ste­wartry worked hard to pen­e­trate the de­fence, win­ning loose balls and scrum awards as the game was played along half­way.

With 10 min­utes to go, a penalty kick to the cor­ner for Greenock was fol­lowed by them win­ning the li­ne­out and driv­ing over for the bonus point fourth try which was con­verted. Full time 3-26 Greenock.

If Ste­wartry put in the ef­fort that they did in this game in the next two games away to Cum­nock and at home to Cam­bus­lang they should be look­ing to se­cure two bonus point wins.

Ste­wartry squad, all used: J Fing­land (c), Danny Boyd, TJ McCar­ney, R Austin, S Mil­li­gan, C Mosey, J Picken, M McCul­loch, K McGuire, T McMor­ran, D Maxwell, M Hamil­ton, A Kerr, S McCul­loch, J Forsyth, S Broll, B Spence, B Mo­ratti and M Wright. Mas­cot Alexan­der McGuire.

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