Carrick rugby rack up big win after long absence

Carrick RFC enjoyed a 70-14 win over Waysiders Drumpelliers on Saturday in Maybole in their first match since January 18.

They scored ten tries in the blitz which keeps Carrick in the second promotion spot in RBS West Regional Division Two, one point ahead of Oban.

Waysiders were the visitors, a side that Carrick had struggled to beat at their patch earlier in the season.

An early loss of the ball in Carrick’ first scrummage did send a shiver down the spines of the Carrick coaches but nerves were settled when in the 8th minute a quickly taken caught the visitors napping and allowed Ewan Alexander to slice through and score under the post. Kyle Johnson added the extra points.

Six minutes later the contest was effectively over when Ross McCuloch crossed the line twice with Johnson converting both to give the home side a 21 point lead.

Four tries in a ten minute period before half time produced the bonus point and had Waysiders on the ropes. Jamie Doolan, then Johnson twice and finally McCulloch for his hatrick all converted by Johnson brought the half time score to 49-7.

The second half, for the home support was a bit of an anticlimax.Firstly Waysider’s pride dictated a greater determination and secondly Carrick took the foot of the peddle,possibly this could have been caused with a raft of substitutions.

In the 60th minute when Waysiders mauled their way over again to bring their total to 14 points the home side again reasserted themselves and scored another three tries in the last ten minutes of the game. Greg Montgomery added the first,McCulloch got his fourth and Doolan doubled his account. Johnson completed the demolition job by converting all three to give a final score of 70-14. Six games now remain and if promotion chances are to be kept the answer is win all remaining games with bonus points.