Feb 20 2013 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
RBS WEST LEAGUE DIVISION TWO:
STEWARTRY 32 WAYSIDERS/DRUMPELLIER 5
Scott Frame scored a try for Waysiders/Drumpellier but it proved to be little more than a consolation as Stewartry ran out comfortable winners at Greenlaw on Saturday.
The Coatbridge outfit made the long trip south to Castle Douglas at the weekend hoping to upset the RBS West League Division Two leaders.
But the Blacks took charge of this contest and moved six points clear at the top although Annan, in second place, do have four games in hand.
Stewartry took to the field with a sense of revenge on their minds having lost to W/D by two points in the autumn.
Ian Morrison’s men, however, were the better side in the first quarter and the bulk of play was in Stewartry’s half.
The home side had missed a penalty after 10 minutes and had to wait until the 28th minute when, after a maul on the W/D goalline, Martin Smith picked up and drove over.
This try was expertly converted by Cammy Fenwick to make the score 7-0.
Seven minutes later, after much-improved play from Stewartry, good handling from the backs put John Muir through between the posts to give Fenwick an easy conversion for a 14-point lead.
The final score of the opening period was an opportunist drop goal by John Muir to put Stewartry 17-0 up at the break.
To their credit, W/D had another good spell at the start of the second half and scored an unconverted try in the corner through Frame to reduce the deficit to17-5 and give hope to a comeback.
From this stage, Stewartry moved into top gear, with both Muir and John Fingland showing exceptional pace, after good handling by the whole team, to score unconverted tries to make it 27-5 and ensure a bonus point.
All of the home side’s substitutions then took place but this certainly didn’t slacken Stewartry’s pace and aggression.
In threatening to run riot in the last 10 minutes, Stewartry crossed the opposition line three times.
However, only on one of these occasions was a touchdown awarded with substitute David Kerr making a positive impact after coming on.
This was W/D’s 11th league defeat of the campaign and Morrison was a frustrated figure as he reflected on a match he felt his side could have won had they been able to select from a full compliment of players.
He said: “We were depleted once again with call-offs which didn’t make things easy for us. I thought that, if we had everyone available, we’d be competitive and beaten them.
“We’d long spells in their half but worked with a limited gameplan.”