Colts secure a good away win against Hamilton.
Dumfries U18’s took the opportunity of a free Saturday to travel to Hamilton for a friendly in preparation for the league restarting with next week’s home game against Boroughmuir U18’s.
There were a number of players unavailable and eventually only 13 were available to travel. Two Stewartry boys who have been at Saints training lately played their first game – Robert Dodd at scrum half and Owen Young at hooker. Fraser McDougall started his first game as did Ross Hunter who had impressed in a recent schools game. Hamilton loaned two players to Saints in each half from their squad of 25 and a special thanks to them.
Hamilton had most of the ball throughout the first half but their play was littered with handling errors. They did manage a score after 12 minutes with the winger diving in however Dumfries turned around at half time 6 – 5 up after two great penalties from James Clyde. Scott Kerr and Declan O’Donnell in particular were constantly clearing their lines and Ross Hunter tackled non-stop.
The depleted Dumfries squad took great confidence in the score and held out with a great defensive display and with only 5 minutes left and with the first venture into the Hamilton 22 Kyle Lindsay picked up from the base of a messy scrum and dived over for a score. James Clyde converted from well out to give an 8-point gap. Hamilton finally got their backs to click with a lead and jockey move to score in the corner. However Man of the Match James Clyde quite appropriately had the last say with another penalty from distance to make it 4 kicks from 4.
An incredible display from the Dumfries team that defended most of the game but must come away with great confidence from this win.
Team; Jack McHenry, Owen Young, Ben Herries, James Clyde, Euan McMorran, Fraser McDougall, Kyle Lindsay, Robert Dodd, Declan O’Donnell, Ross Hunter, Gavin Howatson, Sean McDougall, and Scott Kerr.