Carrick RFC got back to winning ways on Saturday as they achieved their first ever win over Oban, triumphing 51-5 at Maybole.
The ladies sponsored the match in the clubs traditional ladies day and they were treated to a far different match than previous encounters against Oban where Carrick hadn’t even scored a try.
Following the previous weeks defeat at Newton Stewart, several changes were made to the Carrick team with a very welcome return at stand off being made by Kyle Johnson, who is also the clubs administration manager.
It was all Carrick from the off and despite the poor weather conditions the Rick opened the scoring with a try from Iain Speirs through a catch and drive from a line out. The conversion was successful from Johnson. The Oban side were struggling to deal with the tempo that Carrick were playing at and after some fine support play from backs and forwards winger Ross McCulloch finished off the move to take the score to 12-0. Two Carrick penalties from Johnson extended the blues lead and with five minutes left of the first half Michael Kirk crashed over for his sides third try to give Carrick a 23-0 half time lead.
It didn’t take long for Carrick to achieve their objective of the bonus point early in the second half when after some fine attacking rugby the ball was moved from left to right and off a ruck five metres short, vice captain Raby run a superb angle to blast through the Oban defence and seal the bonus point try. Johnson converted to take the score to 30-0. The game then seemed to fizzle out for the next 20 minutes however the last ten minutes saw three tries for Carrick through Allan Speirs, captain Montgomery and the once again outstanding Gordon Gregor. These were all converted. Oban also scored from a rolling maul with five minutes to go to give them some reward for the efforts to make the final score 51-5 to Carrick.
The coaches and players were rightly pleased with their efforts against a side that Carrick had never beaten before. The pack played with pace and great commitment to the breakdown and the set piece was as solid as usual. The back line functioned well and with Johnson back in what the coaches felt was a man of the match performance they can look ahead to next Saturday in high spirits. Carrick’s squad depth was underlined as the 2s defeated a very strong Glasgow Accies side by 13 - 6. This takes the boys up to 4th in the league and they remain undefeated at home.
Pickles Agriculture Man of the Match - Kyle Johnson
This Saturday sees the 1st XV travel to Helensburgh while the 2s make the short trip to play Irvine at Marress.