Uddingston still chasing elusive first win

Picture Alan Watson. Uddingston v Waysiders Drumpellier
Picture Alan Watson. Uddingston v Waysiders Drumpellier

Uddingston Rugby Club are still without a win all season after going down 34-3 to Waysiders Drumpelier at Bothwell Castle Policies on Saturday.

The Villagers were forced to field another makeshift squad as they played host to Lanarkshire rivals Waysiders Drumpellier in their BT West Division 2 league fixture.

With relegation having been confirmed the previous weekend, the Villagers were left with four fixtures remaining to try and secure the win which has eluded them all season.

Unfortunately, Saturday was not to be the day as they went down 34-3 to a more physical and better organised Waysiders Drumpelier side, making it 15 defeats out of 15 games.

The opening 15 minutes saw the visitors apply a lot of early pressure, but continued handling errors and technical infringements saw the score sheet remain blank.

Three minutes later it was Uddingston who opened the Villscoring.

A good attack from deep in their own half by Scott Burns was halted by a high tackle and, with no advantage coming for the Villagers, the referee awarded the penalty which Richie Murray duly slotted over for a 3-0 lead.

The Villagers tightened up their defence and held their lead until the 30th minute when two missed tackles in midfield allowed Waysiders Drumpelier to run in unopposed for a try.

The conversion drifted wide but the visitors were 5-3 in front, a position they were not to relinquish the rest of the afternoon.

With three minutes to play before the half-time break, Waysiders Drumpelier pushed themselves further in front.

A five-metre scrum provided a solid platform and a series of quick rucks allowed them to crash over for the try.

The conversion split the uprights taking the score at the break to 12-3.

Despite working hard in the second half, the Villagers were unable to create any try scoring opportunities.

Meanwhile Waysiders notched up a further four tries, supplemented by a single conversion, to take the full five points from the fixture with a final scoreline of 34-3.

Uddingston play their final home fixture of the season this coming Saturday, April 25, when they host Paisley at Bothwell Castle Policies. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Paisley were 49-17 winners over Uddingston when the sides met at Paisley in September.

Following that match Uddingston complete the season with two away games.

On Saturday, May 2, they travel to face McLaren before finishing their programme the following Saturday, may 9, with the long trip to take on Oban Lorne.