Oban lose pattern but still put Paisley to the sword

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Last weekend Oban welcomed Paisley to Glencruitten for the first home game of the season.

Unfortunately the proposed u18 and 2nd XV fixtures were cancelled due to the visiting teams being unable to raise the numbers to travel.

High tempo rugby was the order of the day for the Green Machine with the sun splitting the skies and excellent pitch conditions.

Oban were playing with the sun on the backs of their brand new playing strips, sponsored by MacQueen Bros ltd and Hinba Coffee Roasters, got off to a flying start with a try within five minutes for flying winger David McLaughlin converted by Finlay Carmichael.

Paisley came right back and after a string of penalties decided to take the points on offer in front of the posts.

The first half continued to be a fractured affair with the hosts conceding penalty after penalty at the breakdown, breaking up the continuity they were craving.

Oban scored two further tries in the first half through big Eric Roberts and Calum Maclachlan both converted by Carmichael to give them a 21-3 Half time lead.

Some harsh words from the coaching team regarding the first half performance fell on deaf ears with the home side continuing to get on the wrong end of the referees decisions, ultimately  resulting in two yellow cards in the second half.

Despite the self inflicted interruptions however Oban weathered the storm and still managed to score some magnificent break out tries with Lorne Sinclair grabbing a brace, Calum Maclachlan notching his second and Ferg McCoss all crossing and all converted to extend the Oban lead.

This secured a bonus point victory for the second week in a row and as the bench was emptied Oban continued to pile on the pressure.

Paisley came back with a try of their own when captain Iwan Roberts clearance kick was charged down and the Paisley stand off collected and strolled under the posts, conversion made.

Making amends, Roberts scored a try of his own to complete the scoring for the day.

Head coach Andrew Johnston commented: ‘The final score reflects well on the scoreboard but leaves a lot of room for improvement.’

This weekend Oban welcome newly promoted Waysiders Drumpellier to Glencruitten for another West Division Two fixture.