Villagers mull over emphatic victory

Uddingston consolidated their place at the top of the table with an emphatic 53-8 victory over Isle of Mull at Bothwell Castle Policies on Saturday.

The Villagers continued where they had left off in their opening RBS West Division 3 match, running in nine tries for a well earned bonus point win.

BREAKING AWAY: Tom Hughes gets clear of the Mull defence to score Uddingston's second try. (Ref: 130914-04I).

BREAKING AWAY: Tom Hughes gets clear of the Mull defence to score Uddingston's second try. (Ref: 130914-04I).

They were quickly off their mark and three tries within the first seven minutes left the Islanders chasing shadows.

First on the scoresheet was young Liam Quinn who rounded off an excellent piece of work, stepping inside the defence to score out wide. Stewart Mackay pushed the conversion wide.

Three minutes later it was Tom Hughes’s turn to cross the whitewash, latching onto the end of a midfield break by Huw Jones to sprint past the last defender and score at the posts.

This time Mackay’s kick split the uprights to put Uddingston 12-0 up.

Hughes extended the Villagers lead to 17-0 when Chris King drew the last man before popping a pass to Hughes who ran home from 20 metres.

Mackay’s kick fell short but the Villagers were now well in control and secured the four try bonus point on 20 minutes, captain Jamie McPherson picking from the base of the scrum to dart up the blindside and score at the posts. Mackay slotted home for 24-0.

On the half hour Uddingston put the result beyond doubt when Chris Latta powered through to score under the posts, Mackay again converting.

Mull never gave up and broke their duck with a penalty for a Villagers ruck infringement.

But Uddingston finished the half in style when King sprinted home from 25 yards and Mackay once more popped the conversion over to give the Villagers a commanding 38-3 lead.

The second half was a more balanced affair and Mull who struck first, taking advantage of slack tackling in the Uddingston defence to dive over in the corner for an unconverted try.

The Villagers failed to match the pace and power of their first half display but still managed to run in three further tries in the final 20 minutes.

Donald Haldane’s score came after Quinn’s darting run created the space and Mikey McKeown took route one, crashing onto Jones pass to go over from close range.

The final try came when Bobby Clelland burst through before offloading for hooker Paul Kincaid to round off the move with a diving try at the posts.

All three conversions missed the target but the Villagers still enjoyed a handsome victory.

On Saturday the Villagers continue their campaign by travelling to Brodick to face Isle of Arran, kick-off 3pm.