Oct 1 2008 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
A VERY determined Shaw’s players shut out Gordonians in a match they almost requested be called off.
The Langloan men defeated their Aberdeen-based opponents 14-0 to climb into fourth place in National League Three.
But injury problems in the team’s second row had seen club officials consider asking for a postponement late last week.
However, when it became clear that they would not be supported by the Union, W/D played through the pain barrier to record a terrific victory more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
“It was a great win,” coach Jon Shaw told the Advertiser. “We had a couple of issues with players in the second row and our physio worked on them during the week.
“We managed to put a team out, which was important. We weren’t sure we were going to get the backing from the Union for a call-off.
“We should have scored more points and the boys were actually disappointed because the scoreline doesn’t reflect our dominance.
“We had about 80 per cent of the possession and for a good 25 to 30 minutes in the first half, we were camped on their line.
“But we just didn’t finish off our chances and there were some inconsistent refereeing errors that made life frustrating.”
The Waysiders/Drumpellier coach added: “There is still a bit of frustration in the team – things aren’t quite clicking together and the boys know they can perform better.
“We had a wee chat with them at the end of the game but we will now draw a line in the sand, move on and try and create a positive environment for the guys to play their rugby in.”
Tries from Neil Logue and David Milne, both converted by Mark Gairn, sealed success for W/D.
Shaw’s troops host struggling Allan Glen’s side this weekend and the coach added: “We are slowly getting rid of our bad habits.
“This will be the first week that we will have a full squad to pick from and that will create competition for places.”