Uddingston are beaten again

Two Uddingston players try to stop a Cumbernauld attack
Two Uddingston players try to stop a Cumbernauld attack

Uddingston suffered another setback when they went down 24-11 at Cumbernauld in their BT West Division 2 clash on Saturday.

The defeat leaves the Villagers bottom of the table and still looking for their first win of the season.

Cumbernauld started promisingly and went in front when when Grant Cowie ran through three tackles to score an unconverted try.

Brodie Clark nearly scored a second try for the home side, but Uddingston hit back to level when Colin Gardiner Uddingston scored a good try in the corner.

It wasn’t converted but Uddingston began to take the game to their opponents and won a penalty from which Gordon Burns kicked them into an 8-5 lead.

That remained the score at half-time but the Villagers’ hopes of a first win rose in the second half when Burns kicked another penalty to stretch their lead to six points.

But Cumbernauld, convincing 53-15 winners over Uddingston at Bothwell Castle Policies in a BT Shield match two weeks previously, hit back and Ross Cowie crashed over in the corner to restore their lead.

The now rampant home team scored again through captain Ruaridh Clark and stand-off Andrew Reid’s conversion took the scoreline to 19-11 in their favour.

The fourth and final try came when Ian Hepburn crashed over in the corner.

Off the field, the club has donated £208 to the Craig Hodgkinson Trust following the disbanding of their under-16 side.

In November 2009 Uddingston became one of the first clubs in Scotland to be supplied with a defibrillator by the Craig Hodgkinson Trust, established by John and Diane Hodgkinson whose son Craig died from an unidentified cardiac defect while playing rugby.

After the under-16s folded due to a lack of players, Martin Quinn, who was instrumental in sourcing the defibrillator along with under-16 coaches Alan Watson, Iain Mill and Jardine Simpson, decided that it would be appropriate to donate the remaining under-16 funds to the Trust.

Diane Hodgkinson said: “While I am sorry to hear about the disbandment of the Uddingston under-16s, it was very kind and thoughtful to consider Craig’s Trust for funds.

“This donation will go a long way to help purchase another defib. The Trust has been in receipt of a large number of requests recently and has now placed 136 defibrillators at Sports Clubs across Scotland.”