Mid Argyll 7 – Renfrew 5

The lack of a goalkicker cost Renfrew the points in this tight game versus Mid Argyll in Lochgilphead. ‘frew travelled with 20+ including the coach and supporters but were met with the strongest looking squad Argyll had put out in a while. The home team were hosting their Club dinner that night and with guest speaker Scotland and British Lions star Ian ‘Mighty Mouse’ McLauchlin in town, Argyll had a great the turnout for the game, including some of their Central Belt players making the journey back for the game.

‘frew kicked off with a howling wind in their favour, but playing with the wind does not always bring the advantages you would think it should, and so it proved with frew struggling to turn territorial advantage into points. Eventually though, winger Scott Morran got a break and touched down in the corner. The conversion was difficult and was missed. ‘frew then had what turned out to be a crucial chance to extend their lead with a penalty in front of the posts, but with no regular goalkicker present, the option to go for touch was taken. No more scores, so 0-5 at half-time and a tough shift facing ‘frew in the second half.

However, like ‘frew Argyll struggled to take advantage of the wind and territorial advantage and managed only one try themselves, working a rolling maul from a lineout. Crucially it was successfully converted, and controversially so, with the kick moved in towards the centre a good 8-10 metres to make it easier.

‘frew had some good possession, but could not get too far up the park, but Argyll’s cheers at the end were as much in relief as they were celebrating their first win of the season.

Man of the Match: Graeme Rogerson

1) Stuart Ross; 2) Graeme Smillie; 3) Simon Brown; 4) Graeme Rogerson; 5) Sandy Thompson; 6) Shaun Moore; 7) Jamie Borland 8)Ross Armstrong; 9) Richie Brown; 10) Gordon Martin; 11) Scott Morran; 12) Iain Waterson; 13) Ian Macleod; 14) Davy Walker; 15) Alan Williamson; 16) Rab Wilson; 17) Andy McDade