Narrow defeat in Stranraer for Johnston’s men

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Oban Lorne made the long trip to Stranraer on Saturday looking to get back on track after a couple of recent defeats.

A strong squad departed Oban at 7am hoping to overturn last years result to Wigtownshire knowing it was going to a tough game with the hosts being hard to beat at home.

Playing with the wind in the first half Oban started the game well,  a great defensive effort and the accurate boot of  Vasil Borisow saw the Green machine get to halftime with a 9-0 lead.

The message from the coach was more of the same as he knew the hosts would come out hard in the second half.

Within five minutes Wigtownshire were right back in the game, closing the gap to 7-9 after converting a try scored under the posts.

With the strengthening wind at their backs any Oban mistakes invariably ended with the visitors being kicked back into their own 22.

The home team got their noses in front with a close range penalty.

Oban responded well and regained their lead again with another well taken Borisow penalty. It was a great display of kicking in very trying conditions.

The home team were cranking up the pressure and the Oban discipline started to waiver and after a series of penalties Wigtownshire managed to get down in to the Oban 22 where another penalty allowed the home team to take the lead again.

Once again Oban came back and had an opportunity to snatch the victory. Borisow missed his only kick of the day from wide out on the touchline.

It was a tough game in difficult conditions and The Green Machine came up just short. Coach Andrew Johnston couldn’t fault the effort on show but was disappointed with the number of penalties conceded due to needless indiscipline.

This weekend Oban welcome Helensburgh to Glencruitten looking to reverse the defeat at Ardencaple earlier in the season.

Kick off st Glencruitten is scheduled for 2pm on Saturday.