A struggling Uddingston side were unable to stop a more organised and powerful Clydebank on Saturday, falling to a 73-12 defeat in their BT West Division 2 fixture at Castle Policies.
The defeat, the Villagers’ heaviest of the season, confirms their relegation to Division 3 for next season’s campaign.
Despite a spirited first half by the Villagers, the impact of a long and difficult season was obvious on the players.
Turning around at half-time with the scoreline at 12-24, the sparse home support dared to dream.
Two quick tries within three minutes of the restart were enough to kill their hopes, and effectively end the match as a contest.
In total, Clydebank ran in 11 tries, converting all but the first two of them.
Despite finding themselves 10 points adrift in the opening 20 minutes Uddingston fought back, and for a brief three minute spell held a two point lead.
It was young Ross McKeown who delivered the goods for the Villagers with two well taken tries.
The first, on 22 minutes came direct from the restart.
With Clydebank being put under pressure the ball was spilled, and Murray reacted well, securing the ball and darting deep into Clydebank territory.
A quick interchange with McKeown opened up the space allowing McKeown to barge over from close range.
Liam Quinn slotted home the conversion to bring the score to 7-10.
Five minutes later McKeown collected his second of the afternoon, this time showing his long range pace, beating the full back before scoring in the corner.
Quinn was unable to convert from out wide but Uddingston found themselves ahead 12-10.
The closing 10 minutes of the first half saw too many basic handling errors from Uddingston, which Clydebank capitalised on.
A brace of tries, both converted, took the visitors into the break 24-12 ahead, with the bonus point guaranteed, but the game still not secured.
The opening three minutes of the second period took care of that.
Two quick tries opened up a 26 point advantage and killed any chance the Villagers retained of stealing their first win of the season.
The remainder of the second period was pretty much one way traffic as the visitors ran in a further five tries.
The Villagers still have four fixtures to play to complete their league programme, but are now too far behind to catch their basement colleagues.
On Saturday the Villagers will require to regroup for the visit of county rivals Waysiders Drumpellier to Castle Policies at 3pm.
The annual general meeting of the rugby club will take place in the clubhouse on Wednesday, May 6, at 7.30pm.
Copies of the minutes for the 2014 agm will be available at the meeting.
All members are requested to attend this meeting.