Uddingston Rugby Club 1st XV made the journey south to Stranraer on Saturday to face bottom club Wigtownshire in their RBS West Division 2 fixture.
Unfortunately for the Villagers they found the home side stronger and more dominant than they had been when the visited Castle Policies earlier in the season. As a result, the 34-10 scoreline saw the 2 sides swap places at the foot of the table.
The Villagers started well, and took an early lead within 5 minutes, Gordon Burns slotting over the penalty. The advantage was short lived and Wigtownshire hit back with 2 well taken tries from number 8 Neil Irving, capitalising on good forward play and greater control at the ruck area. A single conversion pushed the home side ahead 12-3.
Uddingston were still very much in the game, and hit back within minutes. Excellent work with the ball had taken play deep into the Wigtownshire 22. As the home defence scrambled to clear the Villagers charged down the attempted clearance kick allowing Willie Irvine to chase the loose ball and crash over the try line. Burns made sure with the conversion bringing the Villagers back into the match 12-10.
With 5 minutes to play before the interval Wigtownshire stretched their lead with a well taken penalty after Uddingston were penalised for handling in the ruck. The Villagers had a chance to respond in the dying moments but Burns pushed his kick wide leaving the half time score 15-10 to Wigtownshire.
The opening exchanges of the second half saw both sides fighting to exert their authority but it was the home side who started to stretch away, extending their lead with tries from Keith McNeil and Duncan McCabe. One conversion took Wigtownshire to 27-10.
Despite some solid work in defence the Villagers were unable to get back into the game, struggling to maintain possession. The final word went to Wigtownshire who wrapped things up with a final converted try by Campbell McGregor.
The Villagers Under 18 squad had better luck against the same opposition, coming back home with a 22-0 victory to maintain their unbeaten league campaign.
The young Uddingston squad dominated their bigger opponents for most of the match and 4 tries from Keith Bradley, Ross McKeown, Bobby Clelland and Blair Gibson saw them comfortably home.
This victory sees the squad sitting top of their league with only 1 fixture remaining.
Next Saturday, 26/11, the 1st XV are away to Helensburgh in their West Regional Bowl semi final, while the Under 18’s host Cumnock / Ardrossan to secure the league title.