On Saturday Carrick 1st XV hosted Clydebank on a sunny, day at Academy Fields.
The side were keen to make up for last week’s poor performance and with the return of John Dewar and Gary Thomson, Carrick were looking more like the side that defeated Stewartry in their first home game.
The ‘Bankies’ though had other thoughts as their big pack gave the Rick forwards a difficult time at set piece and breakdown. It wasn’t until ten minutes into the game that Carrick took the lead with a penalty from Kyle Johnson after Clydebank were penalised for offside. This seemed to settle Carrick who then scored three tries before half time, all finished off by the Ferrari-like winger Lewis Clark. The tries were converted by Johnson.
The Bankies however had the final say of the half when their second row crashed over in the corner after some poor tackling from the home side. The conversion was successful to make the half time score 24-7.
The words from coaches Brown and Adams, who were missing the experience of John McHarg on the touchline as he was enjoying a well earned break in the south of France were that the forwards needed to work harder at set piece and commit the Clydebank forwards closer to the breakdown with the backs continuing to threaten at every opportunity.
Carrick started the half well and from a kick off Calum Smith fed the ball to Cammy Pollock who went on one of his rampaging runs through the middle. He offloaded to veteran coach Brown and after a quick recycle the ball was moved through the back line’s hands for that man Clark to secure the Ricks bonus point. The conversion was this time missed.
The game then became a battle in the middle of the field with both sides having opportunities to break though. However it was the Ricks big centre Thomson who cut through the Clydebank defence to score under the posts. The conversion was once again successful to make the final score 36-7 to the boys from Maybole.
While the coaches and players were happy with the bonus point win the performance will need to improve again for next week’s game away to Strathaven.
More impressive was the 2nd XV result against Dalziel 2nd XV with the home side winning 28-17 at Rozelle Park. The Motherwell side play two leagues above the boys from Maybole and for the second week in a row Carrick won against higher placed league sides. Ewan Alexander was Man of the match.
With the Academy 1st XV defeating Douglas Ewart in the Scottish Plate by 27-7 on Friday, the Academy U16, S2 and S1 sides defeating Hamilton College on Saturday morning and the club U16 side winning against Cambuslang on Sunday by 36-0 then a magnificent seven was achieved by Carrick Rugby at the weekend.