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Sporting preview: Huge weekend for Girvan FC and Carrick RFC

 

It is another massive sporting Saturday for Girvan FC and Carrick RFC.

Weather permitting, Girvan FC will be taking on Rutherglen Glencairn in the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup at Hamilton Park (kick off 1.45pm).

The tie was due to be played last Saturday but was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

Girvan will be hoping to defeat another first division team in the competition having beaten Ashfield in the third round.

That was after two thrilling games with the seasiders grabbing a 4-4 draw in Glasgow before coming from 3-0 down to win 4-3 in Girvan a fortnight later.

Girvan last played on 11 January drawing 0-0 away with Saltcoats in the Ayrshire District League.

Prices for this game are £4.00 for adults and £2 for OAP’s and Under 16’s.

Meanwhile, Carrick RFC will be hoping to keep up their superb form as they travel to Cambuslang in another vital match in their bid for promotion.

Carrick went top of RBS West Division Two last week with a fantastic 21-13 win over promotion rivals Garnock at Carrick Academy.

However, they have played a game more than Garnock so need to keep winning to keep them and third placed Oban Lorne at bay.

The Maybole men have only lost once since beating Cambuslang 33-12 at home back in October and will go into tomorrow’s match against the 4th placed side in the league as favourites.

Carrick coach Gordon Brown said: “Tomorrow will be a very difficult match and will be an important day overall with the top 4 playing each other. Cambuslang are sitting in 4th place after putting together a good run of victories and while they lost at McLaren last week not many sides will go there and win. However in the end it is all about how we impose ourselves in the match and we go up there looking for the victory.

“We played them 3 times last season winning both our home matches and losing away from home. In the match we lost last season we missed two kicks to draw level or win so that lose still feels sore and we haven’t forgotten it. The match in October was over after the first 15 minutes where we hit them quickly scoring 3 tries. After that they came back into the match however I felt we took our foot off the gas. We are in no doubt how difficult Saturday will be but we go up there with a great belief in our very young squad.

“Last Saturday a lot of young players came of age. In the first half we totally dominated the forward exchanges and if it hadn’t been for an overly fussy referee we would have been much further ahead at HT. It has given us great belief that we can defeat any side in this league on our day. It also put pressure on Garnock in terms of them achieving promotion and the title so we hope that they will now defeat Oban on Saturday which would very much help us realise our ambition of reaching West 1.”

 

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