Nine reasons to be cheerful!
Posted on March 13, 2017
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Aberdeenshire 63 Hillhead Jordanhill 12
Aberdeenshire's hero of the day in the nine try win over bottom side Hillhead Jordanhill was centre Paul Paxton who turned in a magnificent 100% kicking performance, converting all nine of his side's tries, while grabbing a touchdown.
''This was a pleasing performance in which we scored some quality tries, but most of all our front five were in superb form, taking the pressure off our back rowers who have been bailing us out all season. Front row men Andrew Cook and Owen Jackson were just tremendous. Paul Paxton's impeccable place kicking was the icing on the cake, while his fellow centre Nat Coe was the playmaker in the mid - field.,'' said Alex Duncan, Shire's director of rugby.
Coe was the outstanding player in the Shire back division, scoring a try in each half, but involved in all things good in the nine try romp.
Shire led 28 - 5 at half - time, but cut loose in the second half, adding a further 35 points to maintain its charge for a top four place in National League 2, and with all but one of its games in Aberdeen, look set to achieve the objective, even if the two top teams Cartha Queens Park and Kelso are among the visitors.
The home try scorers were centres Coe(2), and Paxton, winger Michael MacLuglash, stand off Ross Greig, flanker Brad Fraser, flanker Will Alton and No 8 Greig Ryan. Paxton's perfect nine completed a good day for the Aberdeen side who like all Scottish clubs have a blank Saturday due to the national side playing at home.