ARFC V GHK
Posted on April 10, 2017
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Aberdeenshire 33 GHK 43
Aberdeenshire narrowly lost out in a high tempo game to Glasgow side GHK, scoring five tries, four of which were converted, but ultimately failing to cope with the well balanced organisation of the visitors.
''This was a fine game of rugby to which we made a huge contribution, even if we were a little naive at key moments, but we played well for most of the game. In centre Nat Coe and hooker Andy Cook, we had two of the most effective ball carriers on show. Nat was particularly impressive, setting up the try of the afternoon for fellow centre Nat Clough. But despite the defeat we are in a good place going into our last game of the season, quietly building for the future and hopefully a good run at promotion,'' said Alex Duncan, Shire's director of rugby.
In a highly entertaining first half Shire had the measure of the Glasgow side, dominating for most of it, but turned around 15 - 14 down.
The Shire points came from Coe and Cook, both of which were converted by stand off Paul Paxton.
In the second half GHK raised the tempo of the game, though Shire hung in, scoring a further three tries, but outscored by four touchdowns to three.
The pick of the home efforts came from Clough who was beautifully set up by Coe after a 75 yard run. The rest of Shire's points came from Coe's second score of the afternoon and flanker Brad Fraser. Paxton added two conversions, but it was not enough to prevent the home side from going down 43 -33.
The Woodsiders have one game left which will be played at home on April 22 when they meet promotion seeking Kelso.