Carrick RFC won by the emphatic scoreline of 97-0 over Loch Lomond to keep their bid for promotion bang on track.
In the run in for the two promotion spots Carrick can only keep winning and hope Oban or Garnock falter.
Carrick travelled to Loch Lomond or rather to Bonhill, Alexandria to take on the side named after the famous loch. Loch Lomond was a club formed from the amalgamation of Dumbarton RFC and Vale of Leven RFC.
The match was played at the quaintly named Dillichip Park which sits on the banks of the River Leven. The pitch was wide and with the strong breeze drying out the underfoot conditions the conditions were ripe for a fast handling game.
The home side kicked off into the strong breeze. Carrick failed to gather and there was a three minute period when the Loch Lomond’s big pack rumbled and threatened but the ball was knocked on. From the scrummage Calum Smith picked up, fed Greg Montgomery who slipped the ball to the flying winger McCulloch and he scampered the forty metres to the line for an unconverted try.
From the kick off Smith gathered, charged to the halfway line, the ball was quickly recycled to the backs and intruding full back Montgomery split the defence and scored under the posts. Kyle Johnson converted.
Again from the kick off Carrick attacked left spinning the ball wide along the line and when it was stopped a quickly recycled ball was transferred right to find McCulloch who rounded his helpless opposite numberto score a converted try.
Eight minutes gone and for the first three the home side had possession but they now had lost three tries and were nineteen points down. It was not yet mission accomplished but it was only going to be a matter of time.
It did take until the twentieth minute but again it was a Montgomery McCulloch combination after good work from the forwards that gave McCulloch his hat-trick and Carrick their bonus point.
Carrick scored four more converted tries through Montgomery, Thomson and Raby (2) to give them a 52 pointlead at half time.
It was a long second half for Loch Lomond and although they kept fighting and had the advantage of the wind they conceded another seven tries of which Johnson converted five.
McCulloch added another two to his burgeoning tally, Thomson added another one to his, Connor Wyllie replacing Montgomery at full back kept that union happy, Alexander managed to hold onto two passes, one being from the opposition to score twice and the fast maturing Grant Alexander scorched away to break his duck
Coach Brown was content with the 97-0 final score.
This Saturday coming, provided the ferries are sailing, Oban travel to Garnock and Carrick take a Seven to the Isle of Arran Sevens Tournament