Bishopton 11-36 Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 2 BISHOPTON 11-36 OBAN LORNE Oban Lorne travelled to play Bishopton in their last away fixture of the season on Saturday looking for another win to keep them in the hunt for 2nd place in West Division 2. A strong squad departed Oban just with a few changes in the back line from previous weeks. With Craig Wright and Fergus McCoss both unavailable Iwan Roberts returned to Centre and Finlay Carmichael to stand-off with Graham MacEachen taking the Full back position and youngsters Kieron Morrison and Robert Maclaughlin on the wings. After a bright start and early possession an Oban knock on allowed Bishopton to break clear and after a number of missed tackles the crossed the Oban line for a try. This was not the start Oban had wanted and they were soon to go further behind when Bishopton were awarded a penalty in front of the Oban posts, this was easily converted and Oban found themselves 8 points down with the same number of minutes played. Oban did not panic and managed to get into the rhythm of the game with the loose forwards linking well with the backs to create a number of opportunities. A well struck Penalty kick by Finlay Carmichael got Oban on the board to make it 8-3. Oban continued to press and it was Stephen Povey playing in the Front row who scored Oban’s first try finding space out wide he crossed in the corner. Finlay Carmichael was on target with the conversion to extend Oban’s lead to 10-8. Next on the scoreboard was young Kieron Morrison who was given the opportunity to play on the wing with the coaching team hoping his quick feet and sidestep would be well utilised out wide. After some great play from the forwards took play deep into the Bishopton 22 Carmichael noticed the narrowed defence and his pin point kick allowed the young winger to gather the ball over the line to score his first senior try. This brought an end to the first half and coach Johnston asked for a bit more accuracy both in Attack and Defence in the 2nd half. Bishopton were next to score though when the referee awarded another penalty in front of the post and this was again converted to make the score 22-11 in Oban’s favour. Lorne MacLachlan then notched a quick fire double of tries to give Oban a bit of breathing space. The first try came from some fine support play after a line break from Captain Roberts Lorne was on hand to cruise over behind the posts and give Carmichael an easy conversion 29-11. The next try was even better when a well worked move off the back of the scrum saw McDonald pick the ball up and take the scrum half out of play allowing MacLachlan to once again cross the line under the posts!. These 2 tries capped off a Man of the Match performance for MacLachlan with him winning a number of turnovers for the Oban team linking up well with the backs and generally being a thorn in the Bishopton side all game. With 20 mins of the game to go the coaches made a couple of changes to try and freshen up the attack! Calum MacLachlan was introduced as he continues his rehab from his recent injury and the Big man wasted no time in showing how difficult he is to stop with a number of great carries taking numerous defenders to try and stop him. The second row pairing of Eric Roberts and Kyle Graham got through a power of work both in attack and defence with a number of great hits and strong aggressive carries. They are really developing into a great combo. With Oban continuing to control the majority of the possession the last try of the day came when Calum MacLachlan was fed the ball out wide on the touch line he set off on another bullocking run deep into the opposition 22 and when he was finally tackled managed to get the offload away to David Cameron who was in a great support position on his inside shoulder. The young centre who had another cracking game burst the attempted tackle to score under the posts again giving Carmichael another easy conversion for a final score of 36-11. Another fantastic away performance from the Green Machine who have only lost three away games all season. Another bonus point victory keeps them firmly in 2nd place with 3 home league games to play. The next Home game is the 3rd March when Wigtownshire make the long journey up the road from Stranraer for their first visit to Glencruitten. Kick off 3pm.

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