Oban Lorne made the long trip to Stranraer last Saturday for a bottom off the table clash against Wigtownshire.
Oban welcomed Connor Kerr, Crawford Brown, Connor Ferris, Neil Rimmer and Robert Wright into the side while player/ coach Corrie Louw took the captaincy in place of the absent Struan Smith.
The hosts made a promising start to the game with some early pressure in the Oban 22 but were undone with some poor handling, much to the relief of the Oban defence. Wigtownshire continued to press, but Oban stood firm to deny the home side, even managing to hold up and almost certain try.
Oban took confidence from their good defensive work and with the aid of some good kicking from the backs managed to work themselves up the pitch but never managed to produce any clear chances to score.
The men in green took the lead on the half hour mark with Angus MacCallum slotting through a straight forward penalty to give a 3-0 lead.
Both teams played out an uneventful close to the first half with nether taking the initiative in a scrappy, low quality game.
Oban lost the ball straight form the restart in the second half and the host wasted no time in storming towards the Oban tryline. At times the hosts looked like they would score the first try of the afternoon but had to make do with a penalty to draw the scores at 3-3.
Aided with the boot of Angus MacCallum and Callum MacLauchlan Oban managed to gain territory in the Wigtown half and were rewarded with another penalty, this time from a wide angle. MacCallum kept up his 100% record with the ball travelling straight through the middle of the posts.
The Oban team who were growing in confidence were pressurising the hosts into several simple handling errors. Oban winger Allan Wright managed to intercept the ball and offload to Callum MacLauchlan on halfway. MacLauchlan hacked the ball forwards and Oban were awarded a scrum on the 5m line as the home defence kicked the ball out. Andy MacDougall picked and went open side from the scrum and managed to score beneath the posts for the only try of the afternoon. MacCallum again kicked the extras to extend the lead to 13-3.
Wigtownshire pressed the Oban tryline after this score but were undone with some superb Oban defending allowing the team to clear their lines on several occasions. Niel Rimmer and Connor Ferris and Man of the Match Crawford Brown all impressed in Particular while the backs managed to pin the home side back down the pitch after every turnover.
This similar theme continued for the last 15 minutes of the game to no success for the home side.
Oban Lorne won the game 13-3, a superb win that see the team rise to 8th place in RBS Division Two.
Oban welcome league leaders Cambuslang to Glencruitten next weekend , hoping for another positive result in their bid to continue climbing the table. Kick off – 2pm
C.Kerr, M. Flynn, C. Louw, J. MacMillan, L. MacLauchlan, C. Ferris, C. Brown, A. MacDougall, F. Matheson, A. MacCallum, A. Lyndsey, C. MacDonald, C. MacLauchlan, A. Wright, R. Wright. N. Rimmer