Carrick RFC bounced back from a defeat to league leaders GHK with a 34-19 win over Helensburgh on Saturday.
However, it was a performance the coaches weren’t overly happy with despite winning in poor weather conditions. Within two minutes Carrick were seven points down. A poor clearance was fielded by Sterry the home side’s full back who glided through a poor kick chase, kicked ahead and beat the thread bare defends to score under the post.
This produced the desired reaction with an 18 minute burst of scoring from the visitors.
Christie opened the Carrick account with a penalty when the home eight infringed at the breakdown.
As Carrick ramped up the pressure another penalty allowed Christie to kick to the corner and a simple catch and drive gave Carrick the lead. Christie added the extra two points.
It was no surprise when Gregor nicked a home line out throw with Montgomery slicing through a non-existent midfield defence.
McCulloch finished the Carrick scoring burst with a long range effort from his own twenty two.
From seven points down to 22 -7 in 18 minutes brought a smile to the Carrick faithful but it took to five minutes before the interval for the visitors to get the bonus point try when Davidson crashed over from a quickly taken penalty. Again Christie added the extra points to give Carrick a 29- 7 half time lead.
Although Carrick opened the scoring in the second half with a Festorazzi try the second half belonged to Helensburgh. Their pack although outgunned in the set piece won the breakdown battle and with the Carrick line out not functioning it was no surprise when Helensburgh scored two tries in the last quarter to reduce the deficit to 34 - 19.
The second half was frustrating as well as disappointing as in the first half the team showed what they were capable of. Next Saturday with Scotland at home to Italy the Carrick seconds are away to Paisley with the possibility of a league clinching win.