Ten try blitz It would not have been a surprise this month if the old gentleman wandering around Maybole, dressed in middle eastern clothes, carrying planks of wood was called Noah.
It was raw and not braw and that was just the weather but that description could have easily applied to the game. It was a battle between the top two as Oban had dropped a place having had three points deduction for failing to fulfil a fixture in December.
Carrick returned to competitive rugby last Saturday having had no games since mid December. They were the visitors at Fintry through which the river Endrick flows. Strathendrick rugby is not having their best season and is struggling at the foot of West 2. They were demolished at Maybole at the start of the season but obviously, after Saturday’s performance, have regrouped.
When all sensible people should have been sitting close to a blazing fire thirty odd souls, a referee and a few supporters braved the wind and rain for the league clash, or was that splash, between the hosts Clydebank and visitors Carrick.
It was always likely to be a forward’s battle and Saturday’s wet underfoot condition ensured that it was. It was conditions that more suited Oban’s powerful and effective pack.
With the chasing pack all losing on Saturday, the top three league frontrunners have a breathing space between themselves and the chasers. Garnock, Oban Lorne and Carrick must now be the favourites for the two promotion spots.
The boys from Callander were the visitors at Maybole last Saturday. McLaren and Carrick Rugby Clubs were promoted together two seasons ago but the visitors did not show their full potential last season.