Carrick RFC suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 24-15 to title rivals Newton Stewart in Galloway on Saturday.
Newton Stewart started well with their forwards dominating the early exchanges and within two minutes their powerful 6 scored under the posts from a reverse pass that caught the Carrick defence sleeping. The conversion was successful.
Within five minutes Carrick were level with a fine counter attacking try which started in the Carrick 22 and was finished and converted by John Fulton.
Newton Stewart regained the lead with a penalty from Muir and then the ex Irvine man scored a try from nowhere with big questions being asked of the Carrick defence. This took the score to 17-7.
Eventually the Carrick forwards woke up and started taking the game to Newton Stewart and from a series of drives referee McQuarrie awarded Carrick a penalty for off side and Fulton stepped up to make the score at half time 17-10 in favour of the home side.
The second half was one of missed opportunities with both teams scoring a try with Carrick’s try bringing the score back to 17-15.
However Newton Stewart had the final say with a try from their centre which was converted by Muir to make it 24-15. Carrick had chances to at least gain a losing bonus point but good defence kept the blues out.
Newton Stewart celebrated their victory while the blues know that their unbeaten run had ended.
It is back to the training paddock for Carrick this week as they host another promotion rival Oban Lorne at home this week.
Kick off is 2.00pm and it is also the club ladies’ day so a big crowd is expected.