Gordonians Back On Full Power

Gordonians picked up where they left off against Ross High when they stormed to a 41-0 victory over Lenzie at Countesswells on Saturday. This result, coupled with Helensburgh’s 21-0 defeat of Strathmore, means that Gordonians will avoid relegation from National League Division 3 if they beat the Forfar team next Saturday.

Gordonians and Lenzie were each awarded penalties in the early minutes of the match, and it was Donald Prentice who gave the home team the advantage when he produced the only successful kick.

After that, it turned into the Paddy Cooney show as he scored four tries to put Gordonians out of sight. His first strike came courtesy of a superb interception and blistering pace that left Lenzie wondering how a promising position in the middle of the pitch had suddenly been turned around and had resulted in a try being conceded under the posts. Tries number two and three were more conventional wing tries with the ball being fed out wide for Paddy to sprint for the line. On the first occasion, he touched down under the posts again; for the second, just before half-time, he was caught by the Lenzie full-back with fifteen metres still to go but sheer momentum and determination enabled him to turn and stretch successfully for the line in the process of finally being brought down by the defender.

The pièce de résistance came four minutes into the second half when Paddy again outstripped the Lenzie defence before diving over in the corner. These tries, combined with two successful conversions from Donald Prentice, brought the score to 27-0 but, more importantly, secured a vital bonus point for the home team.

But this was not a one-man show by any means. There were several occasions on which Lenzie came away from very strong attacking positions wondering how they had failed to score. The explanation was that Gordonians’ defence throughout the afternoon was combative, utterly committed and inspired. The end result – that no points were conceded – was most impressive, given the very heavy pressure exerted by Lenzie at times.

On the attacking front, other players got in on the act as well. Gus Willis scored a thoroughly deserved try after an excellent break by Jamie Garden while Chris Logie put the icing on the cake when he used his considerable pace to show that classy tries could be scored down the other wing as well. Donald Prentice rounded off the day perfectly by kicking both conversions despite their extreme positions on the outer limits of either side of the pitch.

So what does it all mean?

Well, Helensburgh’s victory over Strathmore means that any kind of win by Gordonians next Saturday will ensure that they stay up. Even if they lose, there are now other scenarios (eg Ross High losing to Trinity in their final game) that would result in the desired outcome.

The cleanest, simplest and best solution, of course, would be for Gordonians to beat Strathmore in Forfar next week. That’s what the players are focussed on and that’s what the supporters will be cheering for.

Because of the proximity and accessibility of Forfar, no central travel arrangements are being made but it would be greatly appreciated if a large number of Gordonian supporters were to make the trip down to Inchmacoble Park on Saturday. Everyone is then invited to join the players and club officials at the Seafield Club to toast the players’ efforts during the season and, hopefully, the club’s continuing involvement in National League rugby.

Final score:   Gordonians 41 Lenzie 0
Tries:    Paddy Cooney (4), Gus Willis, Chris Logie
Kicks:    Donald Prentice: four conversions and one penalty
Man of the Match:  Paddy Cooney
Significant milestones:  Donald Prentice took his points tally for the season to beyond 150 points; Paddy Cooney became the first Gordonian to score four tries in one match since Jimmy Lamont achieved that feat in last season’s crucial match against Aberdeenshire
What it all means:   If Gordonians  beat Strathmore next Saturday, they will definitely avoid relegation