Strathendrick 30 Strathaven 12
Strathendrick made a few phone calls to some old boys for Saturday’s league match against Strathaven at Fintry – and the veterans played their part in a handsome win.
The visitors started the match with enterprise, attacking the Strathendrick line from the off but the home defence held firm.
A missed penalty kick from Strathaven was promptly followed by a successful one for Endrick from Sam Greenock and the No.9 had his kicking boots on, repeating the feat shortly after.
Gradually the strength of the home forwards with veteran Mark Gibson to the fore began to tell and Endrick pressurised the Strathaven line. After several minutes their stout defence was beaten by a slick inside pass from Greenock which put Rory Kerr over for the opening try. Greenock converted and after 35 minutes Endrick were 13-0 ahead.
Showing plenty of attacking ambition, Strathaven began the second half as they had the first and just when it looked like they had been repelled, Ewan Stewart broke through in the right hand corner to touch down after 50 minutes.
Their hard-earned revival was short-lived as Endrick immediately came right back up the park attacking with real purpose. The forwards recycled the ball well on several occasions, Kerr again crashed over on 53 minutes. Greenock converted.
The visitors still refused to give up and with both sides running the ball at every opportunity an entertaining game ensued. Ten minutes later Strathaven scored their second try through Stuart Alder and with the conversion were still well in the hunt.
Endrick gradually began to gain the ascendency and after a period of pressure when they could not break through, the ball came back to full back Kyle Campbell who took his time and coolly dropped a goal.
Endrick brought on some veteran replacements with Dougie Ross and Willie Kay taking the field and Paul Ainsworth joining the fray to play a beautiful cameo role.
Showing adept skill and timing in both attack and defence he set up James Ogilvy for Endrick’s third try. The conversion by Greenock tied up the win.
Strathendrick: Campbell; Johnstone, Bruce, Kerr, R McLaughlin; Macdonald, Greenock; Spence, Cuthbertson, C Gibson, J McLaughlin, McEwen O’Brien,Ogilvy and M Gibson, Subs: Kay, Ainsworth, Ross, Duncan and Davies.
Endrick 2nds were able to raise only 14 players for their league match at Uddingston against Cambuslang on Saturday.
In the circumstances it was no great surprise that they lost rather heavily by 53-12.