Oban Lorne welcomed Strathaven to Glencruitten last Saturday. The home side were looking for a much needed win to lift them off the bottom of the league.
The men in Green welcomed Prop Tommy Sutherland who made his first appearance for the club while there were returns to the team for David Hunter, Alex Cadzow and Angus Munro.
Oban made the better start and were controlling the game with an impressive start from Stand Off Alex Cadzow. The home side were rewarded with the first try of the afternoon as a result of some good forward play close to the line resulting in Captain Struan Smith touching down from close range. Angus MacCallum converted to lead 7-0.
With the home side growing in confidence it wasn’t long until the lead was extended. Oban’s Corrie Louw picked the ball up from a ruck only a few meters from the line and offloaded to Jamie MacMillan who made no mistake of finishing the move off. MacCallum again converted to give a score of 14-0.
Strathaven worked themselves back into the game aided with some good passing along the backline. They were rewarded before halftime with their first try of the afternoon to narrow the score to 14-5.
Oban made a couple of halftime changes with Crawford Brown and Maurice Flynn replacing Darrell Williams and Malcolm Downie.
The lead was extended shortly into the first half with a straightforward penalty from the hosts. Strathaven, aided with an inconsistent Oban set piece found themselves putting in some intense pressure on the Oban tryline. The away side were eventually rewarded with a penalty try for Oban players consistently being offside. The visitors were now within touching distance at 17-12.
Debutant Tommy Sutherland scored his first try for the club with 10 minutes remaining to put the game out of sight, but there was still time for the away side to grap another converted score to give an nervy finish to the game.
MacCallum was again on target with a late penalty to deny the visitors the losing bonus point and secure a hard fought 27-19 win for Oban Lorne.
The win lifts Oban upto 9th place in West Division 2 with a game in hand over the teams above them. The Green Machine travel to Cumbernau next week, a win could see the team lift as high as 7th position. Kick off 2pm. Oban’s next home game is scheduled for the 21st of January against Strathendrick.
Oban Lorne mini rugby will restart for 2012 next Sunday (15th) 1-2pm at the clubhouse.
M. Downie, D. Williams, T. Sutherland,J. MacMillan, D. Hunter, C. Ferris, S. Smith (Capt), C. Louw, C. Wright, A. Cadzow, A. Munro, A. MacCallum, C. Smith, A. Wright, C. MacLachlan.
M. Flynn, C. Brown