With the rest of Britain apparently going berserk in a frenzy of retail activity, the Holm Park in Moffat provided an Oasis of sanity for those who understand the finer points of life.
No sign here of credit crunches and ‘Strictly’, only crunching tackles and most definitely no dancing.
Led by Captain Jamie McDowall the Rams took some time to shake off their meteorologically induced rustiness against an industrious and determined foe. Possession a plenty saw the Rams thwarted time and again by great defense and a serious outbreak of butter-fingers.
Pressure eventually told and, on the half hour, some quick possession from the pack saw the deceptively slow Stuart Jack feed a delightful pass to Graham Gemmill who zipped over for a self-converted try.
The men from Stonehouse responded with several fierce onslaughts, all of which were repelled by the Rams customary defense.
What should have proved the coup de grace was then delivered by Moffat stand-off Michael Lockhart who followed up his perfectly judged chip to put another five points on the digitally operated scoreboard.
Half –time gave the sides time to regroup and Clydesdale tore back into action with an unconverted try to increase the collective heart rate of the sizeable crowd.
Moffat made good use of their subs with Currie, Galloway and McGregor all joining the fray. The latter made a significant difference in the scrum half role, adding a new dimension to the pattern of play with some deft kicking into enemy territory.
The war of attrition continued with the Rams dominating, and squandering possession whilst Clydesdale refused to capitulate.
Two further superb tries from Graham Gemmill boosted the Rams to 26 points whilst the Clydesdale afternoon of Endeavour was rewarded with the final score of the day.
Overall a very entertaining game, lots of effort, skill a plenty and the chance for the Rams to continue in the next round of the competition.
All that remains is to thank the spectators for their support thus far, the players for a superb afternoons entertainment, and to ask Santa if he might bring us a Coach to relieve some of the pressure from player/coach Polly Smith.
S. Jack, C.Little, J.Little, A Tyler, J McDowall (Capt), P Smith, M Wennington, A Jefferson, C Jardine, M Lockhart, G Dinwoodie, Mr Scott, N McGill, S Borthwick.
Subs S Galloway, C Currie, G McGregor.