Lasswade 12 Ardrossan Accies 21

Monday November 16th 2015

Reporter Richard Payne

With just three wins from nine outings, all of them at home, Ardrossan’s record was similar to their hosts and a home win should have been the more likely outcome. However, a gifted intercept try and an exceptional number of penalties, three of them converted, gave the Ayrshire side the four points to take back home.

In spite of Storm Abigail’s best efforts the day before, the pitch was perfectly playable with only a mild breeze from Rosewell. With this at their backs Ardrossan were able to keep the home side pinned in their half and Anderson struck two penalties in the first quarter.

With 26 minutes gone and desperate to make some impression on the score board, Lasswade were trying to run the ball from their own 22 and a flick pass was well read by Duncan who intercepted and had an unopposed 22metres to the posts. Anderson made it 13 unanswered points.

Lasswade held their line thereafter but rarely made it into the Ardrossan 22. Only four minutes of the half remained and on one of those visits a tap penalty saw the ball swing wide to Andy Hall who forced his way over in the corner but that was their only score before the break.

A deliberate knock-on in the first minute of the second half enabled Anderson to stretch the Accies lead back to 5-16 and ten minutes later Lamont finished off a short range catch and drive to take the score to 5-21.

Lasswade had plenty of possession in the last half hour but couldn’t break the Accies defence or a basic penalty handed the ball over.

Finally with just a minute left, the hosts strung together a series of passing moves and recycles allowing Hall to run in and round to the posts for an easy conversion for White. It was too little too late though.

Lasswade’s man-of-the match was Jed Smith who had been called up from the seconds at the last minute when the warm-up convinced the first choice scrum half that he was to unwell to take the field.

Lasswade travel next to Whitecraigs who will be smarting after falling 48-29 at Kirkcaldy to give the latter just their second win of the season. Lasswade need at least a couple if not four more wins if they want to avoid the relegation zone and will need to raise their game considerably this Saturday if this encounter is to be one of them. Kick-off 2.00pm.

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