Final phase of season gets off to a good start!
Posted on February 20, 2017
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Aberdeenshire 56 Ardrossan Accies 27
Aberdeenshire kept its hopes of a high placing in National League 2 alive with a convincing eight try win against an Ardrossan Accies side who demonstrated commendable spirit, scoring four tries of their own, in a free flowing game.
The west coast side had in fact the temerity to score the first try of the afternoon, and at 15 - 14 to the good after half an hour's play, looked on track to spring the surprise of the day in National League 2, only to crumble in the face of incessant home pressure. The final score of 56 - 27 reflecting the Woodside team's all round supremacy.
Shire's director of rugby Alex Duncan was particularly happy with the young players who had come in to the side, including the half back pairing of scrum half David Wills and stand off Ross Greig. ''Considering we have only played three games since the turn of the year this was a good all round performance. Our two newcomers at half back played well, centre Paul Paxton kicked like a dream, landing all of his eight attempts at goal, while once again captain and No 8 led by example, scoring two tries in the process. It's a good start to our run in to the end of the season,'' said Duncan.
Shire made a less than perfect start, leaking a simple try in four minutes when winger Robert Hunter raced over in the corner for the first of a brace for the visitors. Stand off Jack Anderson was off target with the conversion.
Ryan then tied the game up with the first of his double, leaving Paxton the easiest of his eight successful conversions. Accies hit back with a try from full back Andrew Duncan, converted by Anderson, only for flanker Doug Horrocks to plunder the visitors line to give his side a 14 - 12 lead after the conversion.
Ardrossan belied its lowly position in the league, enjoying a spell of pressure which led to Anderson regaining the lead at 15 - 14 with a penalty in 30 minutes.
Thereafter the game belonged to the Woodsiders who scored two more tries before the break, one from hooker Andrew Cook and the other by Ryan, both converted by the immaculate Paxton, giving his side a 28 - 15 half - time lead.
Shire doubled its tally in the second half through further tries from replacements Thomas Dugdale and Michael MacLuglash, full back Nat Coe, and stand off Ross Greig, all converted by Paxton. Ardrossan never gave up, battling on to claim a try bonus point after wingers Hunter and Calum McKechnie scored breakaway tries, one of which was converted by Anderson.
Shire now have a week off before heading to Glasgow where they meet West of Scotland in its bid to break into the top two in a highly competitive league.