The Rams started the New Year with a visit to Callander to face McLaren in a Scottish Hydro Electric West 2 League game and were greeted with driving rain and gale force winds that lasted throughout the entire match.
The teams were pleased to get into action to generate some heat and the hosts made the most of the favourable wind in the early exchanges pinning the Rams back in their twenty-two. The sustained pressure by McLaren eventually paid off and they breached the resolute Moffat defense to score a try and take a seven point lead. The Rams responded by starting some good handling moves but the combination of cold hands and a wet ball inevitably caused these to break down. The home side continued to use the wind to gain field position and scored another try to give them a fourteen point lead. With half time fast approaching the Rams burst through to the opposition twenty-two and were awarded a penalty, well taken by Graeme Gemmell to put Moffat on the score board. When the referee blew for half time the teams dashed into the lee of the sports centre for shelter and warmth.
After the re-start McLaren scored from a penalty against the run of play as Moffat now had the wind behind them and were playing in the home side’s half. A clearance kick was charged down and the Rams stand-off, Michael Lockhart, pounced on it to score a try that was converted by full back Gemmell to cut the home team’s lead to seven points. Moffat continued to press forward and came close to scoring a few times as the backs enjoyed good quick ball being supplied by the pack. A well taken penalty in difficult kicking conditions by Gemmell moved the Rams to within four points of McLaren and they sensed that the game was there for the taking. Neil McGill the winger was bundled into touch two meters short of the try line following a flowing move by the Moffat three quarters but the pack had the last word when hooker Scott Galloway got the ball five meters out and burst through the desperate home defense to score the winning try. Gemmell capped a good day at the office by kicking the conversion to take the score to 17-20. This was a gutsy performance by the Rams and makes up for the narrow defeats they suffered before Christmas.
The team; Gemmell, McGill, Jardine, Dinwoodie, Scott, Lockhart, McGregor, Smith, Wennington, Jefferson, McDowell (C), Tyler Little J, Galloway, Little C, Jack, Borthwick and Chicken. All players were used during the game.
The Rams are at The Holm on Saturday against Braidholm in the league, kick-off 2pm. The junior Rams have a league game at The Holm on Sunday against Cartha Queens Park, kick-off 2pm. Both teams look forward to a good turn-out of supporters.