Challenging times ahead for Johnston’s men

Oban Lorne RFC head coach Andrew Johnston.

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Oban Lorne RFC get back to league business this weekend having been narrowly beaten in their West Regional Shield fixture at Cambuslang last Saturday.

Fielding a mostly development squad for the game Oban went down 27-19 to the Rutherglen outfit who ply their trade in West League Division One.

There were quite a few changes in the squad with work and injuries depriving them of key players in Owen McDonald, Lorne Sinclair and Mitch Smith while Ferg McCoss, Finlay Carmichael and David Mclaughlin were also missing in the backline.

Never-the-less a youthful Oban side gave a very good account of themselves with tries coming from Daniel Broderick, Lorne MacLahcan and Calum MacLachlan.

With Oban now out of the Shield competition the sole focus is now on winning the West Division 2 league.

This weekend sees Oban make the trip to Helensburgh for the Argyll Derby. With Both teams having a decent start to the season this will be a close game to call but Oban are hopeful of putting on another good performance.

Head coach Andrew Johnston will welcome back some players but is still missing key players in Craig Wright, Ferg McCoss and captain Iwan Roberts who is off to experience the World cup in Japan.

‘Our main focus is the League with a big month ahead,’ said Johnston.

‘The local derby this weekend will bethe start of a challenging spell.’

On Sunday Oban Lorne Women make the long journey to Dumfries and Galloway to play a National Division One fixture against Annan.