ARFC v Cartha Queens Park
Posted on April 03, 2017
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Aberdeenshire 24 Cartha Queens Park 35
Aberdeenshire proved to be worthy opponents of newly crowned National League 3 champions Cartha Queens Park, running in four tries to collect a try bonus point, though not quite good enough to prevent the league leaders from winning 35 - 24.
''It was a quality game to which we made a huge contribution. Our four tries were out of the top drawer, but once again we leaked breakaway tries at key moments.Losing two tries from lineouts was particularly galling. Cartha are good champions, and I wish them luck in National League 1 next season,'' said Alex Duncan, Shire's director of rugby who was particularly pleased with the performance of prop Liam Reid and his centre Nat Coe and Nat Clough. ''Once again our front row was solid, with Liam playing his part against a strong Cartha three. Our running in the back division was superb, lead by our two outstanding centres,'' added Duncan.
Shire gave as good as the got in a first half which ended 14 - 14, but lost the place in a rousing second half, as the Glasgow side turned the screw to run out convincing winners, leaving the Woodsiders in fifth place in a highly competitive league, but having the considerable distinction of having racked up the highest number of points in the high scoring division. ''Our 781 points from 20 games is a great testimony to our desire and ability to play attacking rugby. We are likely to top the 800 point mark after our two remaining games against GHK and Kelso which are both at home,'' said Duncan.
The Shire points came from tries scored by winger Magnus Henry, centre Nathan Clough, captain and No 8 Greig Ryan, Ewan Stewart and stand off Paul Paxton who kicked two conversions