Cruel Defeat For Glasgow

Glasgow 26, Newport 28Glasgow suffered cruel defeat this evening. A try by Llyr Lane snatched victory for Newport with the last play of the Welsh/Scottish League match at Hughenden.Lane's score was the endgame from four minutes of Newport's hammering on the Glasgow goal-line. Yet for much of the second half Glasgow had seemed the more likely winners after they had overturned Newport's 17-11 interval lead.Here at last was a clear reminder of the Glasgow who had gone to the head of the league table in early November. They looked much more like their true selves, seemingly lifted by the desire to give Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, a farewell present after the news the previous day that he was to return to Murrayfield to concentrate on his coach education duties.However, it was not those closing minutes to which Glasgow should look for the fatal fault. In the first half they missed no fewer than four clear-cut chances for scoring tries.With Glasgow leading 6-0 after two Calvin Howarth penalty goals in the first six minutes, Glenn Metcalfe opened up from the right at halfway for the enthusiastic Andy Hall and Donnie Macfadyen to threaten on the other flank in the Newport 22. Instead of the Glasgow try that that enterprise deserved, Newport struck back. Rory Kerr had to pull off a saving tackle on Ian Gough in the home 22 before Matt Mostyn sliced through beside the posts for Shane Howarth to convert.So Newport were 7-6 up after 20 minutes, and here Glasgow let another scoring opportunity escape. Kerr, gathering a kick ahead on halfway, induced a ruck from which Jon Steel slipped away so suddenly that he eluded even his own colleagues apart from Gordon McIlhwam. Without numbers in support, the thrust was blunted, and the Newport Howarth celebrated the let-off with a break for Mostyn's second try. Howarth converted.Roland Reid, deputising for the injured Metcalfe, then opened up Newport when he was released by Jon Stuart from halfway into the 22. But that chance was squandered by Kerr's knock-on.Only then did Glasgow earn the try they deserved. Steel created it by running out of his own 22 and kicking ahead, and when the ball broke loose from the follow-up Calvin Howarth picked up and exchanged passes with Stuart before scampering over.Howarth failed to convert his own try, but his cousin, Shane, then stretched Newport's lead to 17-11 with a penalty goal just before the interval. Glasgow still had time to lose another scoring chance, Reid recalled because of a forward pass.Tommy Hayes replaced James McLaren at the interval, and only six minutes into the second half Hall's lineout take, a consistent feature of the Glasgow game, provided the means for the home team to regain the lead. Gordon Simpson set up a ruck on the middle of the 22-metre line, and Hayes's flat pass sent Kerr blazing through for a superb try.Hayes converted, raising his Glasgow career tally to exactly 1000 points, and he followed up with a penalty goal for 21-17 after Kerr and Reid in scintillating unison had taken Glasgow within range.Jason Strange responded in kind, but off another of Hall's lineout catches Hayes looped Stuart for Reid, on his wrong wing, to storm in from more than 30 metres. So Glasgow were six points up in 68 minutes. But Hayes missed the conversion, and almost immediately a back-chat penalty allowed Strange to cut Glasgow back to 26-23.More Glasgow lineout ball ought to have been the source of a deciding try. This time Guy Perrett was the provider for Hayes to fire a long pass to release Kerr intruding from full back. Reid, however, was denied in the left corner.Newport, relieved to escape, pounded back down the field, and their siege eventually paid off with Lane's try. It did not matter that Strange missed the conversion.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, James McLaren, Jon Stuart, Rory Kerr; Calvin Howarth, Kenny Sinclair; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Colin Stewart, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Guy Perrett for Hall (15-18 minutes), Roland Reid for Metcalfe (27), Tommy Hayes for McLaren (half-time), Gareth Flockhart for Petrie (54), Perrett for Stewart (64).Scorers: Tries, Howarth, Kerr, Reid; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes, Howarth (2).Newport - Emyr Lewis; Andy Powell, Hal Luscombe, Matt Mostyn, Ben Breeze; Shane Howarth, Llyr Lane; Ceri Jones, James Richards, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Mike Voyle, Ian Gough, Jason Forster, Joe Powell. Substitutes - Adrian Garvey for Anthony (half-time), Peter Buxton for Gough (46), Jason Strange for Joe Powell (46), Scott Williams for Luscombe (52), Paul Young for Richards (69).Scorers: Tries, Lane, Mostyn (2); conversions, Howarth (2); penalty goals, Howarth, Strange (2).Referee - John Hogg (Hawick).Glasgow 26, Newport 28Glasgow suffered cruel defeat this evening. A try by Llyr Lane snatched victory for Newport with the last play of the Welsh/Scottish League match at Hughenden.Lane's score was the endgame from four minutes of Newport's hammering on the Glasgow goal-line. Yet for much of the second half Glasgow had seemed the more likely winners after they had overturned Newport's 17-11 interval lead.Here at last was a clear reminder of the Glasgow who had gone to the head of the league table in early November. They looked much more like their true selves, seemingly lifted by the desire to give Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, a farewell present after the news the previous day that he was to return to Murrayfield to concentrate on his coach education duties.However, it was not those closing minutes to which Glasgow should look for the fatal fault. In the first half they missed no fewer than four clear-cut chances for scoring tries.With Glasgow leading 6-0 after two Calvin Howarth penalty goals in the first six minutes, Glenn Metcalfe opened up from the right at halfway for the enthusiastic Andy Hall and Donnie Macfadyen to threaten on the other flank in the Newport 22. Instead of the Glasgow try that that enterprise deserved, Newport struck back. Rory Kerr had to pull off a saving tackle on Ian Gough in the home 22 before Matt Mostyn sliced through beside the posts for Shane Howarth to convert.So Newport were 7-6 up after 20 minutes, and here Glasgow let another scoring opportunity escape. Kerr, gathering a kick ahead on halfway, induced a ruck from which Jon Steel slipped away so suddenly that he eluded even his own colleagues apart from Gordon McIlhwam. Without numbers in support, the thrust was blunted, and the Newport Howarth celebrated the let-off with a break for Mostyn's second try. Howarth converted.Roland Reid, deputising for the injured Metcalfe, then opened up Newport when he was released by Jon Stuart from halfway into the 22. But that chance was squandered by Kerr's knock-on.Only then did Glasgow earn the try they deserved. Steel created it by running out of his own 22 and kicking ahead, and when the ball broke loose from the follow-up Calvin Howarth picked up and exchanged passes with Stuart before scampering over.Howarth failed to convert his own try, but his cousin, Shane, then stretched Newport's lead to 17-11 with a penalty goal just before the interval. Glasgow still had time to lose another scoring chance, Reid recalled because of a forward pass.Tommy Hayes replaced James McLaren at the interval, and only six minutes into the second half Hall's lineout take, a consistent feature of the Glasgow game, provided the means for the home team to regain the lead. Gordon Simpson set up a ruck on the middle of the 22-metre line, and Hayes's flat pass sent Kerr blazing through for a superb try.Hayes converted, raising his Glasgow career tally to exactly 1000 points, and he followed up with a penalty goal for 21-17 after Kerr and Reid in scintillating unison had taken Glasgow within range.Jason Strange responded in kind, but off another of Hall's lineout catches Hayes looped Stuart for Reid, on his wrong wing, to storm in from more than 30 metres. So Glasgow were six points up in 68 minutes. But Hayes missed the conversion, and almost immediately a back-chat penalty allowed Strange to cut Glasgow back to 26-23.More Glasgow lineout ball ought to have been the source of a deciding try. This time Guy Perrett was the provider for Hayes to fire a long pass to release Kerr intruding from full back. Reid, however, was denied in the left corner.Newport, relieved to escape, pounded back down the field, and their siege eventually paid off with Lane's try. It did not matter that Strange missed the conversion.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, James McLaren, Jon Stuart, Rory Kerr; Calvin Howarth, Kenny Sinclair; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Colin Stewart, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Guy Perrett for Hall (15-18 minutes), Roland Reid for Metcalfe (27), Tommy Hayes for McLaren (half-time), Gareth Flockhart for Petrie (54), Perrett for Stewart (64).Scorers: Tries, Howarth, Kerr, Reid; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes, Howarth (2).Newport - Emyr Lewis; Andy Powell, Hal Luscombe, Matt Mostyn, Ben Breeze; Shane Howarth, Llyr Lane; Ceri Jones, James Richards, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Mike Voyle, Ian Gough, Jason Forster, Joe Powell. Substitutes - Adrian Garvey for Anthony (half-time), Peter Buxton for Gough (46), Jason Strange for Joe Powell (46), Scott Williams for Luscombe (52), Paul Young for Richards (69).Scorers: Tries, Lane, Mostyn (2); conversions, Howarth (2); penalty goals, Howarth, Strange (2).Referee - John Hogg (Hawick).