Carrick RFC seal win but miss out on bonus point

Carrick RFC sealed a 20-8 win away to Clydebank on Saturday in horrific conditions but the opportunity for a bonus point was lost which would have kept the pressure on promotion rivals Oban.

When all sensible people should have been sitting close to a blazing fire thirty odd souls, a referee and a few supporters braved the wind and rain for the league clash, or was that splash, between the hosts Clydebank and visitors Carrick.

Clydebank opted to play with the driving wind in their favour but did not or could not take advantage as the Carrick pack dominated the early proceedings and it was no surprise when, in the 14th minute the visitors opened the scoring when Pollock finished off a thirty metre close quarter play by the forwards.

As the conditions worsened and the ball was soap like the visitors handling skills and ball retention was excellent so the majority of the first half was played out with the red zone. In fact the only score of the first half for the home side was a long range penalty.

Turning round two points to the good with a try already in the bag Coach Brown was reasonably optimistic that a bonus point was achievable.

After fifteen minutes of pressure in the home twenty two and no sign of the Clydebank defence cracking Johnson finally was allowed to convert the simplest of penalties.

This seemed to awaken the Clydebank pack and from the kick off a series of pick and goes from the forwards led to a well driven forward try to the home side to level the score at eight apiece.

With twenty minutes left Coach Brown introduced some fresh legs and dry bodies and four minutes later the sub McCulloch venturing from his left wing collected a wayward pass and slipped into score in the right hand corner.

Captain Raby sealed the win for the visitors with a typical Raby five metre burst after good lead up work from the Carrick forwards.

In the last eight minutes of the game Carrick had their chances to score but good defence and the lack of a TMO denied them the bonus point try.

Both players and officials must be congratulated for staying the course in such horrendous conditions but for Carrick this was a lost opportunity for a bonus point win to keep the pressure on Oban whose game at Castle Douglas did not take place due to travel problems for Oban.