Lanark Rugby Club knew they would have to be in top form for their away game against Strathclyde Police on Saturday and they didn’t disappoint. In a first half display which was always closely contested up front Lanark were a constant threat with the ball in the open. Good inter passing and a sharp eye for the gap which has been the hallmark of Lanark’s recent form, saw them 24 – 5 up at half time, the tries coming from Steve McKeown, Frankie Swords and Euan Scott all converted by Iain Hughes who also added a penalty. The Police response came with a try with the ball driven over the line at the end of the half on one of the rare occasions that they had Lanark under pressure.
On the restart Lanark went further ahead with tries from Andrew Angus and another from McKeown which Hughes converted. The Police kept the ball tight but the lighter Lanark pack held their own winning good ball from the set pieces with David Tennant prominent in the lineout. The Police scored a converted try. In the last quarter Lanark rang the changes with all the reserves being given game time and a chance to share in what was a significant result in their bid to retain their league title.
The successful team was led from the field by their senior player and Man of the Match; Frances Thorpe who celebrated his 50th birthday during the week and has done so much for the club since its restart seven years ago. He is rumoured to be retiring to have an easier life next season, however the club are in talks with his agent to try and extend his deal with the club.
Lanark are 3 points behind Arran with 2 games in hand, the only two games remaining, both against Mid Argyll. Dates of the fixtures will be clarified and published as soon as available.
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