On one of the worst days weather wise for a number of years at Greenlaw points were hard to come by as both teams cancelled each other out in battling performance in the wet and windy conditions. The four previous game at Greenlaw this season saw 258 points scored an average of 60+points per game but it was never going to be anything like that as wayward passes and numerous knock ons kept the score line down.
STEWARTRY RFC 3pts ALLAN GLENS 15 pts
Stewartry’s mascot for the day was Gregor Muffett who was well drenched completing his duties.
Both teams started well with both teams attacking the other when in possession of the ball. Stewartry were playing away from the clubhouse with the strong wind behind them. Craig Mosey tried to use his local knowledge for long clearance kicks into the Glens half. David Kerr tried dribbling the ball but also to no effect as the ball bounced into touch.
Allan Glens opened the scoring with a lineout win in the corner and the forwards driving over from five metres out. The kick was missed. 0-5 Glens.
Glens continued to press the Blacks line with Mosey continuing to clear his lines. Stewartry were awarded a penalty in front of the posts after good work from Chadwick, Broll and McCarney. Mosey converted 3-5. Glens.
It was much of the same for most of the rest of the half which finished Glens 22. Half time 3-5.
Allan Glens now with the wind and even heavier rain advantage found a gap out on the Blacks right wing to score a second try in the first minute of the second half. The conversion again missed 3-10 Glens.
A John Picken try saving tackle and a David Kerr clearance kept the Glens out but it was only a matter of time for the next score.
With ten minutes to go Glens scored a third try after continuous pressure on the Stewartry line which Stewartry had defended well with their lightweight pack. No conversion saw the final score finish 3-15 to Allan Glens a third win in a row over the Blacks since their promotion in 2017.
A battling display from both teams in terrible conditions and the same again effort will be required when the Blacks travel to local rivals Annan this week for their first encounter of the season with the added attraction of the Chisholm Cup up for grabs. Kick off 3.00pm at Violetbank.