Jan 22 2009 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
UDDINGSTON plunged to their heaviest defeat of the season as they were routed 73-3 by Loch Lomond, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Hydro Electric West League Division One.
Relegation to Division Two now looks a certainty, with only one point to show for 10 encounters this season.
Ninth-placed Cumnock are faring little better with four points from 11 while the next highest team, Oban Lorne, are on 23.
With better weather than expected, conditions were an improvement on recent weeks and both sides played some strong driving rugby in the opening exchanges.
As ha s been the case often this season it was a basic mistake by Uddingston that led to Loch Lomond opening the scoring.
With the Villagers taking the ball into contact, Loch Lomond stole possession and quickly moved the ball wide where a clever kick over the top of a defender set up the chase. Willie Irvine dived to secure the ball but succeeded only in knocking the ball over his own try-line, presenting an easy score for Craig Norrie.
Unfortunately for Uddingston this set the tone for the game and, despite a lot of effort, basic mistakes were preventing any attacking play from developing.
Despite this, Uddingston were still in the game at half-time, trailing as they were only 19-3.
Loch Lomond had scored two converted tries, while Uddingston had a John Kinnoch penalty to thank for their points.
Loch Lomond stepped up a gear in the second half and it was one-way traffic.
Uddingston’s cause wasn’t helped by losing Graeme Hogg to a leg injury eight minutes into the half, and with no replacement they were forced to play the remainder with 14 men.
In total Loch Lomond ran in 11 tries, with Craig Norrie grabbing another two, while Ally Fairman and Steven Ferrier grabbed doubles.
Brendan Malone, Darren Nicholson, Manus Flynn and Gregor Tilley grabbed singles, while Nicholson slotted eight conversions and Alex McAdam slotted one,
Uddingston travel to Lochinch on Saturday where they will face fifth-placed Strathclyde Police. Kick-off is at 2pm.