It wasn't pretty but Carrick continued their good season with a hard fought win away at Waysiders Drumpellier on Saturday.
This was certainly not a match for the rugby purist, as both sides battled for superiority in conditions that resembled a quagmire. In the end, the 8-9 victory came courtesy of the kicking skills of young Conor Wyllie, who nudged over three penalties to edge out the hosts.Read More
This week’s report has been provided by the courtesy of the Irvine match reporter, Dereck Murdoch. Both sides were not at full strength with five of the Irvine side who started last week’s fine win against Kilmarnock unavailable whereas only three of the Carrick side was unavailable.Read More
Any Burns aficionados who had been suffering last Saturday from an excess of usquabae, haggis, neeps and tatties and had decided to clear their heads by following Tam o Shanter’s trail from the Market Bar in auld Ayr’s toon centre to Souter Johnnie’s cottage might have had a few surprises en route.Read More
Saturday’s game was transferred to the milder climes of Maybole from the frozen east of Dunblane and at the interval Coach Brown must have been wondering whether that decision was one of his better ideas. Like the previous week against Waysider's who had taught the home pack a few lessons in rucking, the McLaren forwards were the quicker to the breakdown and secured most of the breakdown ball.Read More
Saturday’s game against Stewartry was the start of the second half of the season. At Castle Douglas an inexperienced Carrick side had been taught a few lessons and effectively outmuscled by the stronger and more experienced home side losing by four tries to nil. Stewartry came to Maybole as one of the top three in the league with an outside chance of promotion. The sub plot to the visit was the close connection between player/coach Muir for the visitors and sometime player/coach Brown for the Rick.Read More
We currently play out of Carrick Academy, which can be found on Kirkoswald Rd in Maybole and compete in West Division 2.
If you are interested in joining us for training you are more than welcome - whether looking for a game or just a bit of fitness, we train at Carrick Academy on Tuesday nights from 7.30-9.00pm. Please come to the changing rooms in the Community Wing, and bring along trainers as well as boots as we often train on the astro grass.
Ian Morrison, the Waysider's coach, must be wondering if the Gulf Stream and its effects on Western Europe’s coastal climate are still being taught in Lanarkshire schools. With most of the Scottish rugby fixture card cancelled it was mainly the balmy coastal strip from Greenock to Maybole where the fixtures survived.
A fifteen minute delayed start still did not help Morrison men achieve his full squad. Maybe the Lanarkshire men had difficulty in finding their way to Maybole but they had no difficulty in finding the way to the try line. Within three minutes they were five points up. Fly half, McKenzie, cleverly kicked to his right corner and from the ensuing lineout their forwards drove infield and after two successive rucks he switched the play back to the right for the winger to score.
The Rick responded but the visitor’s aggressive tackling and rucking was making it difficult for the home side’s backs to get clean ball. Eventually in the twelfth minute Connor Wyllie opened the scoring when a Waysider's forward was penalised for side entry at a ruck.
Willie Wyllie gathered the deep kick off, slipped a pass to Pollock who charged up field and when he was stopped the Carrick forwards won quick ball and five passes later Dewar on the opposite wing stepped outside his winger and inside the full back to score. It was a truly magnificent team try. Even though shorthanded the visitor’s forwards and midfield backs were still causing problems as they penetrated a pretty static Carrick defence. McKenzie levelled the score when a Carrick tackler was penalised for not rolling away from the tackle.
Again the Rick responded immediately and a McGregor kick deep into the twenty two produced a five metre scrum. When the push over attempt was thwarted on the right, Ward released his backs and again left winger Dewar finished the move in the opposite corner.
Thirteen to eight up and playing against fourteen men the Rick support had a frustrating next twenty minutes as little happened to excite them but, in the last play of the half a McGregor drift from scrummage ball and a switch pass to Alexander put him in space and he scored under the posts. Connor Wyllie added the extra points to give a score line of 20 against 8.
Having followed the setting sun the last two explorers from North Lanarkshire arrived for the second half allowing Coach Morrison to make appropriate substitutions.
Within two minutes Carrick had their fourth bonus point try. McGregor kicked cross field behind the Waysider’s back line. The Carrick kick chase was good and the ball bounced kindly for McKnight who sprinted the thirty metres to the line. Wyllie added the extra points as well as converting a penalty five minutes later to give Carrick a comfortable twenty two point lead.
Whatever the visitor’s shortcomings were, effort, rucking and play off and around the ruck was not one of them and in the nineteenth minute of the half a midfield penetration on the halfway line followed by two quick recycled balls produced a well worked try in Carrick’s left corner.
It was a cold last twenty minutes for the Carrick faithful as the home side, after good lead up work, botched three good scoring opportunities. In the last five minutes the Rick did put a little icing, no pun intended, on the cake with tries from Alexander and Pollock.
Coach Brown had set a target, which has been achieved, of three wins from the last three league games. He will be extremely happy at gaining fourteen of the fifteen points which were available but he will be looking for a little more control of the game shape and certainly more clinical finishing on all of the chances created.