Some Green Shoots of Recovery in a Game of Two Halves

Preston Lodge 36 points Hillhead/Jordanhill 21 points

The south westerly wind which blew at times fiercely across  the open spaces of Pennypit  Park provided the perfect backcloth for the well known game of two halves in which the team playing with the elements makes full use of the conditions to ground their opponents down.  This it was that “PL” dominated the first forty minutes of play taking advantage  of both the slope and wind to put five tries past their visitors.  The “Hills” had difficulty  securing either quality ball or field position and had to rely on the exemplary  kicking skills of full back Rory Harte to relieve pressure on their try line.  Their cause was not helped either by their combative back row forward, Owen Gemmell, receiving a head cut which later required twelve stitches, and captain. Calum Stove, being sin binned.

The second half thankfully witnessed an improvement in Hills  fortunes with their forwards beginning to put together some goodish periods of driving play, sparked by Stove’s  line out work and   Scott Whiteford’s ball carrying.  Between the fifty fifth  and seventieth minute, “Hills” recorded three  unanswered tries : Scott Halliday the first from a fine midfield break; scrum half, Ross Thomson, the second,  from a characteristic sniping run close to the scrum and lastly Ryan Reilly from a close range pick up.  Rory Harte converted all three and it seemed as if “Hills” were heading for  a try bonus point, but slackness at a scrum   on their own ten metre line allowed “PL” to nick the ball and begin a movement which led to their sixth and final try of the afternoon.    Try as the “Hills” might they could not rediscover their continuity play,  and had to settle for a fifteen point defeat.    There was sufficient however in flashes during this game to give coaches, players and their small band of supporters  some encouragement for the fixtures which lie ahead.

Next Saturday the 1st October, Hills entertain Biggar at Hughenden with a 15.00 hours KO.

Hills 1st XV  Rory Harte, James Griffith, Scott Busby, Scott Halliday, Darren Knox, Clement Tranier,  Ross Thomson, Ross Jackson ( Darryl Elvin ) , Harry Perston ( Harry Singh ) , Kenny Harper, Callum Stove ( C ), Don McAdam ( Ryan Reilly ), Scott Whiteford, Owen Gemmell,   Chris Tulloch.   Subs Graham Davidson.