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first iv take on the challenge of the undefeated garnock

Greenock Wanderers make the perilous trip to Lochshore in Beith tomorrow to play joint second top of the table side Garnock in the fourth round of matches in the BT sponsored West Regional League Division One.


The locals will have their work cut out if they are to make an impression on the hosts who have enjoyed three victories so far this season against Oban Lorne, East Kilbride and Stewartry. The unbeaten Ayrshire side sit alongside Carrick in second spot owing to leaders Allan Glens nudging ahead in pole position by a solitary point having won all of their games by securing the try scoring bonus point on each occasion.


Wanderers are currently sitting in a comfortable mid table position after two victories from their three outings and impressed last weekend when they recorded six tries in a 46 point drubbing of bottom club Helensburgh.

Greenock Wanderers make the perilous trip to Lochshore in Beith tomorrow to play joint second top


of the table side Garnock in the fourth round of matches in the British Telecom sponsored West Regional League Division One.
The locals will have their work cut out if they are to make an impression on the hosts who have enjoyed three victories so far this season against Oban Lorne, East Kilbride and Stewartry. The
unbeaten Ayrshire side sit alongside Carrick in second spot owing to leaders Allan Glens nudging ahead in pole position by a solitary point having won all of their games by securing the try scoring bonus point on each occasion.


Wanderers are currently sitting in a comfortable mid table position after two victories from their three outings and impressed last weekend when they recorded six tries in a 46 point drubbing of bottom club Helensburgh. A trip to Glengarnock though may be a different story as Ayrshire has not been a happy hunting ground for the Octavia Terrace men this season as both of their defeats thus far have occurred in Burns country. They were knocked out of the West Regional Shield competition by Cumnock at the beginning of the month then comprehensively beaten a fortnight ago by most pundits’ favourites for the title Carrick.


To reverse the current trend the locals will have to nullify what is by all accounts a strong Garnock pack that has built its success around an impressive set piece performance. The hosts also have a competent and swift back division that executes scoring opportunities when they arise and in general are an extremely well drilled and competent outfit with a strong collective skill set spread throughout the team.


Greenock are now showing signs of settling into their new regional league environment and although well beaten by the much fancied Carrick did enough to show that they can compete with the best in the division. Despite falling short of the standards of play produced by the men from Kirkoswald Road the ‘Westenders’ battled bravely, showed some resolve and refused to capitulate.


Fresh addition to the squad Australian Hugh Davis (below) has made an impressive start to his Wanderers career and looks like being a permanent fixture in the front row alongside fellow prop forward Murray McDonald.

Continuity in selection will be vital for the locals to establish and develop their game plan and with the prop forward positions effectively self selecting and skipper Dougie McIntyre at lock forward, Gavin Cowan and Kevin Murray at half-back, and Leigh Tyley and Ant Devlin in key positions in the back line a strong spine of this new look Wanderers team is beginning to emerge.


Availability and injuries permitting, if the selectors can keep this group of players together then there is real cause for optimism that the hoped for upward trajectory can become reality.


Also adding his significant presence to proceedings tomorrow is the returning Martin Lavelle. Lavelle was outstanding in the back row in his comeback game last weekend and his low centre of gravity based driving forward play is more than capable of making the hard yards around the fringes for

Greenock tomorrow . If Lavelle and his cohorts up front can control the tight forward exchanges and secure front foot ball in the heavy traffic areas then the locals can tie in the Garnock fringe defence and make room for the speedsters like Tyley, James Ward and Ross McCarron out wide.


Vice president Steven Haldane said,” Tomorrow’s game is another stiff test against one of the top sides in the division. We continue to learn and work hard on a weekly basis and we certainly believe we can improve on our most recent visits to Ayrshire. Garnock are a tough side and we will need to match their physicality if we are to be successful but we travel with expectation and are backing ourselves to do well”. A Wanderers victory at Lochshore

To find out more about the team please visit the Match Centre.

 

 Photo credit goes to TH7 Photography and GBR Photos.