Lochaber look to give Uni side dose of own medicine in bowl final

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With Saturday’s away match at Moffat on Saturday called off due to a frozen pitch, it means Lochaber go straight back into facing Glasgow University Medics in this weekend’s West Bowl Final at Banavie.

Two weeks ago, Lochaber had no answer to the Medics’ pace and strong running, particularly out wide, eventually going down 75-5 at the final whistle.

It was certainly Lochaber’s sternest test of the season so far, not helped by several injury woes including centre, Callum Boyd, who broke his leg in the previous week’s defeat to Loch Lomond, and the pack still missing vice-captain William Stewart.

If the home side wants to have any chance of making this Saturday’s clash less one-side they are going to have to try and close down the gaps out wide, stop giving the ball away too cheaply and improve their first up tackling.

Head coach Gary Hendrie is under no illusions how tough the game will be, but says it will be a different match on home ground at Banavie.

‘When we played Medics a fortnight ago it was on a big, wide all-weather pitch. I think the grass at home will suit us better than them and if we can get a good crowd out in support always makes a difference,’ he told the Lochaber Times this week.

‘If we are to have a chance we need to stop giving the ball away as cheaply and our tackling needs to be better.

‘We should hopefully have a stronger pack for the game and need to work on keeping the ball away from them because they are a very dangerous outfit, with the ability to attack from anywhere on the pitch.

‘It will be a difficult game but I think it will be closer than when we last met and cup and bowl games are always different.’

Kick off 1.30pm.