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Table topping Oban Lorne made the relatively short trip to face Clydebank on Saturday with the men in green boasting a very strong match day squad.
The Oban Lorne coaching team had a selection headache to make in the buildup to the match with 27 players available with the majority of which
playing well enough to warrant a first team place.
There was a big sense of occasion as the two sides, both unbeaten in the league this season took to the fantastic 3G playing surface in front of a big home crowd and some glorious playing conditions.
With only four minutes on the referees clock Oban fund themselves 10-0 ahead after two defensive mixups in the Clydebank back three gifted Oban possession allowing Calum MacLachlan and Craig Wright to grab a try apiece. Scrum Half Vasco Borisov narrowly missed the conversions kicking into a strong gusting wind.
As the first half wore on Oban were comfortable in the game but could not turn further territory into points. On three occasions lineouts misfired close to the tryline as the superb Clydebank jumper proved to be a thorn in Oban’s side.
Mid way through the half Calum MacLachlan grabbed his second of the day as the big prop found acres of space out wide and scored down the left hand
Clydebank grew into the game in the remainder of the first half and aided with some Oban indiscipline scored a deserved try to narrow the score to 17-5 at the break.
Oban refused to let the setback at the end of the first half affect them as they were rampant in the early stages after the break.
From the kick off Owen McDonalds surging run upfield gifted the Oban
backline space and time to spin the ball wide to Winger Robert McLaughlin who touched down for what is probably a try of the season contender for the team.
This signalled the start of a scoring spree for Oban with Lorne MacLachlan and Owen McDonald scoring in quick succession to bring the scoreline to 36-5 and seal the bonus point with relative ease.
Australian Back Row Mitchell Smith who has been a fantastic addition to the team scored from around 30 metres out to take the contest out of sight of the home sight, 43-5 to Oban.
With the comfortable scoreline the chance was used to rest up some of the starting XV and give the impact players decent amount of game time. Euan Shearer, Daniel Broderick and James Divers all entered the field with 25 minutes to go and had a very good impact on play.
Clydebank scored a second of the day before youngster Shearer scored his first senior try bringing and end to Obans tally of the day at 48 points.
In the closing stages Oban tired a little with the hot playing conditions and Clydebank enjoyed the vast majority of the closing possession. Despite some valiant defensive work the home side finished the day with two further tries sealing a four try bonus point which was the only disappointment in a
good days work for Oban Lorne.
A mention must go to referee Craig McCann from Annan RFC who was outstanding all day and will surely be moving up the leagues in the coming months with performances such as this.
Saturdays win means Oban Lorne have maximum points form their first four outings of the season and sit four points clear at the top of the table.
This Saturday the Green Machine are in West Regional Shield duty away to familiar rivals Cambuslang RFC.
The teams met pre season where an understrength Oban were narrowly beaten. With another strong squad available the club are hopeful of a different result this time around.