Tries; Ruari Taylor, Gary Clark
Conversion; Max Catto (2)
Penalty; Max Catto (2)
Red Card; Boab Moore
Having gotten back to winning ways against Paisley, the Bish were looking to keep the momentum going against Strathaven having made the trip to the other side of Glasgow for the first time in two years with the home side having been promoted a year earlier than the Bish.
There were a few changes in the back line for the Bish again with several players coming back from injury and several players keeping their places giving the coaching staff a severe headache before the game. This saw Rob Wallace keep his Man of the Match jersey at Scrum Half and the returning Taylor move out the wing and Peter Duncan was shifted out to Inside Centre for the Returning Max Catto at 10.
Duncan got the game underway putting the ball high and deep into the Strathaven half and for the first 15 minutes Bish were the aggressors not letting the home side anywhere near the halfway line. With the ball changing hands regularly but Strathaven just could not find that gap to push Bish back, and they soon gave away a penalty infront of the posts and the call was made to take the points. Catto lined the shot up and slotted it perfectly to give the visitors the lead. 0-3 Bishopton.
But the lead was short lived as straight from the kick off the ball was knocked on giving Strathaven the scrum on the 22, the Bish pack held strong but the home side worked the ball back and the Number 8 was able to pick the ball work his way round the side of the scrum and bypass the Bish Defence the conversion dropped way short and the hosts took the lead, 5-3 Strathaven. From the restart Bish won a knock on and took up where they left off in the opposition half and kept the pressure on. This soon resulted in another penalty for the Bish but it was not to be this time as if flew wide. There was very little action in the remaining 10 minutes of the half other than the Strathaven Fullback being sent to the bin for 10 minutes. With this both teams were able to see out the half with no other changes to the score.
Bish came out the gates quickly in the second half with quickly gaining another penalty that was well within kicking distance and Catto did just that slotting the kick. 5-6 Bishopton. But again the hosts were quick to strike back gaining a penalty straight from the restart and slotting this one. 8-6 Strathaven.
The restart fed straight into Bish hands and the ball was worked out to Catto who slotted the ball deep into the strathaven half giving them a defensive lineout inside the 22. But it was quickly stolen back and worked out into the Bish back field where Peterson got his hand on the ball and took the quick chip and chase. The Strathaven number 8 was looking for the ball to dribble into the dead ball zone and then panicked at the ever quickly approaching Taylor and tried to sweep the ball up but missed allowing Taylor to pounce on the ball for the try. Catto slotted the conversion 8-13 Bishopton.
From here things started to go wrong for the Bish as Prop Boab Moore received his marching orders as the Referee flashed red at him from throwing a punch in retaliation to an unseen incident within the scrum, this was not the first reported incident of the act on the day. But none the less his reaction was uncalled for and meant the team would have to see out the last 20 minutes with 14 men. From here Catto would end up going off to receive treatment to a cut on the head after being on the wrong end of a boot at the bottom of a ruck and Duncan’s resulting penalty rattled back off the post and into the hands of Abernethy. From here the ball was worked about the Bish forwards and a couple of close calls where it finally popped out to Duncan that went on another dazzling run and looked a set to get over for the second Bishopton try of the day however the tackle came flying in and Duncan went down and looked to be in considerable pain. A trip to the hospital would later show a fractured leg – everyone at the club is wishing him a speedy recovery but he’s not expected to be back in action to the New Year. In the build up to this injury Hogan had been on the receiving end of a tackle that the referee had noted and came back to supply the Strathaven winger with a yellow card for repeated offences. So the players were matched back up for the final 10 minutes.
It was Bishopton that took advantage of the numbers being even once more and Scott Baird managed to get onto the ball and run his way through the Strathaven defence to get within meters of the try line. At which point Clark picked the ball from the bottom of the ruck and smashed his was over the line and Catto who was back on and patched up fired the conversion over to give Bishopton the lead at 8-20.
But just like the rest of the match Strathaven were straight back up the pitch from the restart and were slowly pushing towards the Bishopton line and into the corner where after serveral minutes of pushing the Bishoptons defence they were finally able to work their way over. The conversion was missed well wide leaving the score at 13-20 Bishopton. But as the game restarted in the dying minutes Strathaven looked the more likely to score again, but a knock on in the pass brought the game to an end.
Another great win for the Bish and another great performance from the team with this week’s Pirde of the Clyde Man of the Match going to the whole forwards sections and the Lorimers Glue Player going to Ruari Taylor.
This weekend sees the league leaders Lenzie coming to Holmpark, this will be a huge test for the men in green and will hopefully see a fantastic encounter unfold.