Carrick lose out to league champions

Dale bursts into the opposition half
Dale bursts into the opposition half

Carrick RFC are fully focused on achieving second place as the season draws to a close in BT West Division One.

That message comes after they were beaten 41-7 by GHK in Glasgow, which saw the home side crowned as league champions.

On the last occasion these two sided met Carrick was still in the game at half time but on Saturday last, in front of a big home support, by half time any chance of a Carrick upset had been blown away.

GHK playing with a gale behind proceeded to play their high tempo game and within ten minutes had two scores on the board.

The first a well worked score which was finished by open side flanker McLean who beat the cover defence to the touch down from a well placed chip ahead.

The second from hooker Reid who side stepped his way from close in after Carrick had lost their own lineout.

Reid got a second similar try on the 18 minute mark after the Carrick backs’ exit strategy from within their own twenty two was somewhat injudicious.

The second quarter of the match was much more even but the home side always had that ability to threaten from anywhere on the field and so it proved when a Carrick attack broke down deep in their opponents twenty two GHK, in a Carrick like attack from earlier in the season, traverse the whole length of the park to score.

The final act of the half was the conversion from Robertson to give the home side a comfortable twenty four point lead.

With the gale behind them the visiting support was hopeful that more of the play would be in their opponents’ half but within five minutes a breakdown infringement gave Robertson an early opportunity to increase the score. Carrick continued to battle but made little headway against a stout home side defence.

In the last quarter of the game GHK’s superiority began to show on the scoreboard with two converted tries.

Well beaten but not unbowed Carrick finally managed, with the last play of the game, to open their account with a mauled try which Wyllie converted.

Coach Brown was his usual upbeat self after the match. ”We are disappointed that promotion has eluded us this year but we still have two games left to ensure a second place finish but for the future we have much work to do for next season.”

Saturday coming the seconds travel to Annan for a league fixture and a sevens team are heading to Arran to defend the trophy they won last year. If Arran or Annan is not your cup of tea head for Venice where the Academy is based for their three game tour of Italy