Dark and gloomy Woodside
Posted on December 19, 2016
Despite an under par performance the Aberdeenshire team salvaged 2 points in what at one stage was looking like a very bleak return for their efforts. A new year will hopefully kick start the campaign back into winning ways. A Happy Christmas to all our supporters!
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Aberdeenshire 27 Preston Lodge 34
Aberdeenshire's promotion prospects were dented by a street wise Preston Lodge side who took the game by the scruff of the neck to take an early lead, putting the game beyond the Woodsiders to lead 34 - 17 in the middle of the second half.
A late flurry from the home side gained them two valuable points, including one for four tries, and another for being within seven of the East Lothian side's winning total.
''This was a very good Preston Lodge who has improved out of all recognition since we put 80 points past them in early September. Once again we had key players missing in the front five, though the replacements and the other team members worked their socks off. The main difference was in the place kicking, they hit the target more often than us. But we are not out of it, there are nine games to go, and all to play for,'' said Alex Duncan, the Shire director of rugby.
The Pennypit Park side were quickly into its stride, scoring two early tries to lead 14 - 7 at half - time before Shire closed the gap to two points just after the break, but then eased away to lead 27 - 12 and again 34 - 17 after another Shire rally.
The Woodsiders were in full cry going into the closing 10 minutes, but despite intense pressure, were only able to close the gap to seven points.
The home scorers were centre Nat Coe, full back Paul Paxton, flanker Doug Horrocks and stand off Carne Green who all scored tries. Green also kicked seven points.
Duncan took the opportunity to blood 17 year old Ross Greig who came on late in the game, and according to his director of rugby had a sound debut at stand off.
Shire's next game will be at Biggar on January 7.