Glasgow Back On Winning Trail

Glasgow 21, Bridgend 16Glasgow rediscovered the winning trail tonight. But it was not a straightforward road to victory in the Welsh/Scottish League match against Bridgend at Hughenden.Throughout the first half Glasgow seemed to be on the right track, even though they were six points down after 20 minutes. They looked more like the team who had originally built fortress Hughenden, the edifice which was not breached this season until successive defeats by Neath and Edinburgh last month. By half-time Glasgow lead 15-9 after tries by Glenn Metcalfe and Andrew Henderson, and Jason White had been dominant in the lineout regardless of which hooker was throwing in.However, a try by Dafydd James early in the second half seemed to unsettle Glasgow, and though Graeme Kiddie's second penalty goal regained the lead in 50 minutes the home team survived to the end rather than playing to win. It was as if they had lost the art of defending a lead. Perhaps that was understandable when they had won only one of their past 10 games, home or away.It may also have been on Glasgow minds that they had lost all six previous games against Bridgend. In the end, however, the result mean that Glasgow have now beaten every one of their Welsh opponents at least once. For that reason alone, it was a landmark victory.Richie Dixon's summary was succinct. "We were more like ourselves in the first half," the head coach commented. "But in the second half we looked like a team who were afraid of losing."A couple of definite pluses, quite apart from the result itself, were that during the game Cameron Blades returned to the fray after five months" injury absence and Calvin Howarth made his debut on loan from Edinburgh. Blades" scrummage experience has been much missed since October, and Howarth's arrival, prompted originally by Barry Irvine's long-term injury, will be all the more important if Tommy Hayes has not recovered from his thigh injury in time for the visit to Neath on Saturday.Within a few minutes of joining the fray, 16 minutes into the second half, Howarth kicked the penalty goal that stretched Glasgow's lead to five points. More important, he proved his worth with hands to deliver precisely timed passes. He is a welcome addition to Glasgow's cause, if only until the end of the season.Even the first 10 minutes of the contest showed how the game would be going. In that time, Graeme Kiddie missed a penalty goal and a drop goal - in the next 10 Craig Warlow was successful with such goals.Bridgend, consequently, led 6-0 after the first quarter, but Glasgow soon responded. Graeme Beveridge, typically busy, broke up the left touchline for Metcalfe to finish off with a try, and though Kiddie missed the conversion from wide out he soon put Glasgow ahead with a penalty goal after Jason White's storming run from halfway into the visitors" 22. Warlow swiftly responded with his second drop goal, the Bridgend stand-off happy to snatch three points if nothing else was available.It was only in first-half added time that Michael Bartlett sliced through the middle on a long run out of his own half to provide the means for Metcalfe's try. Lee Harrison was a vital link in ensuring that the wing's effort was well rewarded.Kiddie converted from in front of the posts for 15-9 at the interval, but after only two minutes of the second half Bridgend exploited a couple of missed tackles - as well as a blatant forward pass - for the James try. Warlow converted from well out on the left for 16-15.A penalty goal each by Kiddie and Howarth provided Glasgow with victory. However, especially in the last 10 minutes, it was a dangerously tenuous lead as Bridgend turned up the pressure. Indeed, Gareth Thomas would surely have scored but for Donnie Macfadyen's saving tackle in the home 22. It was that close - really a victory narrower than five points.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Graeme Kiddie, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Steve Griffiths, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Cameron Blades for Hilton (33 minutes), Calvin Howarth for Kiddie (56), Jon Stuart for Henderson (71), Gareth Flockhart for Macfadyen (75), Andrew Hall for Griffiths (76).Scorers: Henderson, Metcalfe; conversion, Kiddie; penalty goals, Howarth, Kiddie (2).Bridgend - Adrian Durston; Richard Mustoe, Dafydd James, Gareth Thomas (captain), Daniel Jones; Craig Warlow, Huw Harries; Chris Loader, Gareth Williams, Jon Thiel, Paul Clapham, Deiniol Jones, Richard Bryan, Jamie Ringer, Shawn van Rensburg. Substitutes - Aled Griffiths for Thiel (45), Keith Stewart for Clapham (67), Jason Hewlett for Harries (75).Scorers: Try, James; conversion, Warlow; penalty goal, Warlow; drop goals, Warlow (2).Referee - David Changleng (Gala).Glasgow 21, Bridgend 16Glasgow rediscovered the winning trail tonight. But it was not a straightforward road to victory in the Welsh/Scottish League match against Bridgend at Hughenden.Throughout the first half Glasgow seemed to be on the right track, even though they were six points down after 20 minutes. They looked more like the team who had originally built fortress Hughenden, the edifice which was not breached this season until successive defeats by Neath and Edinburgh last month. By half-time Glasgow lead 15-9 after tries by Glenn Metcalfe and Andrew Henderson, and Jason White had been dominant in the lineout regardless of which hooker was throwing in.However, a try by Dafydd James early in the second half seemed to unsettle Glasgow, and though Graeme Kiddie's second penalty goal regained the lead in 50 minutes the home team survived to the end rather than playing to win. It was as if they had lost the art of defending a lead. Perhaps that was understandable when they had won only one of their past 10 games, home or away.It may also have been on Glasgow minds that they had lost all six previous games against Bridgend. In the end, however, the result mean that Glasgow have now beaten every one of their Welsh opponents at least once. For that reason alone, it was a landmark victory.Richie Dixon's summary was succinct. "We were more like ourselves in the first half," the head coach commented. "But in the second half we looked like a team who were afraid of losing."A couple of definite pluses, quite apart from the result itself, were that during the game Cameron Blades returned to the fray after five months" injury absence and Calvin Howarth made his debut on loan from Edinburgh. Blades" scrummage experience has been much missed since October, and Howarth's arrival, prompted originally by Barry Irvine's long-term injury, will be all the more important if Tommy Hayes has not recovered from his thigh injury in time for the visit to Neath on Saturday.Within a few minutes of joining the fray, 16 minutes into the second half, Howarth kicked the penalty goal that stretched Glasgow's lead to five points. More important, he proved his worth with hands to deliver precisely timed passes. He is a welcome addition to Glasgow's cause, if only until the end of the season.Even the first 10 minutes of the contest showed how the game would be going. In that time, Graeme Kiddie missed a penalty goal and a drop goal - in the next 10 Craig Warlow was successful with such goals.Bridgend, consequently, led 6-0 after the first quarter, but Glasgow soon responded. Graeme Beveridge, typically busy, broke up the left touchline for Metcalfe to finish off with a try, and though Kiddie missed the conversion from wide out he soon put Glasgow ahead with a penalty goal after Jason White's storming run from halfway into the visitors" 22. Warlow swiftly responded with his second drop goal, the Bridgend stand-off happy to snatch three points if nothing else was available.It was only in first-half added time that Michael Bartlett sliced through the middle on a long run out of his own half to provide the means for Metcalfe's try. Lee Harrison was a vital link in ensuring that the wing's effort was well rewarded.Kiddie converted from in front of the posts for 15-9 at the interval, but after only two minutes of the second half Bridgend exploited a couple of missed tackles - as well as a blatant forward pass - for the James try. Warlow converted from well out on the left for 16-15.A penalty goal each by Kiddie and Howarth provided Glasgow with victory. However, especially in the last 10 minutes, it was a dangerously tenuous lead as Bridgend turned up the pressure. Indeed, Gareth Thomas would surely have scored but for Donnie Macfadyen's saving tackle in the home 22. It was that close - really a victory narrower than five points.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Graeme Kiddie, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Steve Griffiths, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Cameron Blades for Hilton (33 minutes), Calvin Howarth for Kiddie (56), Jon Stuart for Henderson (71), Gareth Flockhart for Macfadyen (75), Andrew Hall for Griffiths (76).Scorers: Henderson, Metcalfe; conversion, Kiddie; penalty goals, Howarth, Kiddie (2).Bridgend - Adrian Durston; Richard Mustoe, Dafydd James, Gareth Thomas (captain), Daniel Jones; Craig Warlow, Huw Harries; Chris Loader, Gareth Williams, Jon Thiel, Paul Clapham, Deiniol Jones, Richard Bryan, Jamie Ringer, Shawn van Rensburg. Substitutes - Aled Griffiths for Thiel (45), Keith Stewart for Clapham (67), Jason Hewlett for Harries (75).Scorers: Try, James; conversion, Warlow; penalty goal, Warlow; drop goals, Warlow (2).Referee - David Changleng (Gala).