Whitecraigs Grind Out Win At Greenock

A BATTLING performance from Whitecraigs saw them grind out another important victory, but they were made to fight right to the death.  The short trip to take on Greenock was always going to be tough but Craigs showed great resilience to bounce back from an early 10 point deficit to keep the title push on track. Craigs were on the back-foot immediately when Greenock forced a penalty after just two minutes which was easily converted to open the scoring, before the hosts squandered a chance to extend their advantage minutes later with another penalty.

It took the West Lodge boys 20 minutes to get into the match but they finally got on the score board when Ryan Moffat slotted a penalty to bring the scores level, despite being a man down with Murray Stuart in the sin-bin. But the cheers of the noisy travelling support turned to despair moments later when an ambitious miss pass by Ally Stevenson was fumbled in the midfield by Moffat allowing the Greenock centre to run the length of the pitch for a try against the run of play.

Another Greenock penalty stretched the lead to 13-3 before Moffat knocked over a penalty of his own to leave Whitecraigs trailing by seven points at half time.

After the break Whitecraigs came out with more drive and the impressive Keith Hunter got the scoring started when he picked up at the back of a ruck and darted through a massive gap in the home defence to touch down between the posts.

With the scores level there were nerves all around the ground, with everyone knowing that the next score would be crucial.

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