RBS West Division 2
Oban Lorne 28-18 Uddingston
Oban Lorne welcomed bottom club Uddingston to Glencruitten last Saturday. With Oban sitting only a place above the visitors it was essential that the strong Oban squad recorded a much needed win in the battle against the drop.
For a change the men in green had a full complement of 22 players to choose from with notable additions to the squad such as Dougie Pender at Stand Off and Magnus Bradbury who started on the bench.
The hosts made a good start to the game and found themselves on the front foot. The Oban forwards were putting in a very good show allowing the backs to bet quick ball to play with. Oban were rewarded around 10 minutes in with a good try from winger Callum MacLachlan. MacLachlan took the ball out wide before beating off several Uddingston defenders to touch down over the line. Craig Wright converted to give a 7-0 lead.
Oban extended this shortly after, when centre Angus MacCallum intercepted a stray Uddingston pass in midfield for an easy stroll to the line. Wright again added the extras to bring the score to 14-0.
The visitors hit back soon after with a well worked try out wide, catching out a half asleep Oban defence in the process. This narrowed the score to 14-5 and was a welcome wakeup call for Oban. The home side returned to the good passages of play seen in the opening exchanges, again aided with some superb running from members of the pack and also a very reliable lineout. Oban scored their third try of the afternoon, again from Angus MacCallum who took a short ball from Dougie Pender to touch down between the posts. Oban led 21-5 at halftime.
Both teams exchanged tries in the second half with Oban securing the important bonus point with a score from Cammy Smith. Oban were on top for much of the half but failed to make several scoring chances count.
Magnus Bradbury on a few occasions was taken down short of the line while substitute Ryan Jackson had an impressive run from the 22 only to be denied a few metres out.
This was a much improved performance from the men in green with Jamie MacMillan and Corrie Louw both impressing the large home crowd throughout.
Oban won the game 28-18 securing five vital points in the process. The result means that Oban have risen to 8th place above Wigtownshire and now 7 points above Uddingston.
Oban Lorne travel to promotion chasing Cambuslang next Saturday, Kick off 3pm.
M. Downie, C. Kerr, L. Burns, J. MacMillan, L. MacLachlan, D. Hunter, C. Smith, C. Louw, F. Matheson, D. Pender, C. MacLachlan, A. MacCallum , C. MacDonald, A. Wright, C. Wright.
D. Williams, M. Flynn, A. Doak, M. Bradbury, R. Wright, R. Jackson, C. Ferris