Colts fought hard to overcome Stirling rivals
The young Saints in well-deserved new shirts, sponsored by Robin Thomson, didn’t get into the County half much in the first half. Playing against the wind, they were pegged back but Saints new defence centres pairing of back row Ryan Cruickshank and Sean McDougall proved. The home pack finally found their game against the visitors and got stronger as the game progressed. Kyle Lindsay was outstanding at 7 and Lee Scott turned over so much ball. A hard physical game but the teams turned round at half-time with no scores to show for both teams’ efforts.
Saints now had the wind in their backs – and James Clyde finally had a couple of kicks at goal. He kicked both to take Saints 6 points up. With their noses in front, they took the game to their visitors. A great pick-and-drive phase forwards’ drive finally got the ball out to Gavin Howatson to barge over for an unconverted try.
As Saints relaxed, County came back in determined fashion with two unconverted quick tries. These brought a real tense finish to the game but a penalty by James Clyde in the last minute gave the Saints the victory by 14 pts to 10. The win moves the Colts level with Stirling in joint-second position in the league, close behind Ayr who occupy the top spot.
Team – Jack McHenry, Cammy Taylor, Scott Goodwin, James Clyde, Ryan Arthur, Lee Scott, Kyle Lindsay, Owen Young, Lewis Morrison, Robert Dodd, Declan O’Donnell, Ryan Cruikshank, Sean McDougall, Gavin Howatson, Scott Kerr, Nathan Hogg, Sion Davies, Ross Hunter, Euan McMorran, Edward Jackson, Iain McKnight.