Result: 0 - 35
Dumfries have points to make up on joint second place Stirling County and this was an opportunity but Deeside spoiled a lot and Dumfries finally drove over the line on 16 minutes when Ryan Arthur playing at 8 picked up and drove over. This was the start of great pressure by the Saints pack as Lee Scott and Scott Goodwin continually broke the line. Jack McHenry dived over from the base of a ruck, Lewis Morrison had a quick tap penalty and dived over when nobody was watching apart from the referee and Scott Goodwin deserved his try with a bull dozing run. James Clyde converted all 4 to give the Saints a half time lead of 28 nil.
The game nosedived against Dumfries as the home side wanted uncontested scrums which spoiled proceedings and their was no flow to the second half with the home side content on spoiling negative tactics to keep the scoreline down. The referee finally yellow carded the home no 7 who was responsible for most of it and typically when he was off Saints score when Gavin Howatson caught a loose clearance to pass to Lee Scott to smash in under the posts. James Clyde to converted again.
With the amount of possession Dumfries had in open play, they should maybe have doubled their scoreline but the emphatic win can’t be taken away from this terrific young side. With news that our nearest rivals Stirling had beaten Hamilton 28 – 5, our chances of finishing above them might have slipped. However, we have our final league match v Highland at home next week so there’s still plenty to play for.
Squad – Jack McHenry, Cammy Taylor, Scott Goodwin, James Clyde, Callum Jackson, lee Scott, Kyle Lindsay, Ryan Arthur, Lewis Morrison, Gavin Howatson, Nathan Hogg, Ryan Cruikshank, Sean McDougall, Ross Hunter, Scott Kerr, Euan McMorran, Edward Jackson.