Hamilton U15 - 33 v Stirling County U15 -
By Tom Mooney
A Battle at Glebe on Armistice Day
The team buoyant from their last two wins took the field with confidence high. A minutes silence was respectfuly observed by everyone at the game.
The confidence was well founded good structure and moving the ball out wide allowed Hamilton to score a try after two minutes of open play which was converted.
Hamilton upon the restart the Stirling attack giving away a penalty and a few missed tackles resulted in their winger crossing the Hamilton try line,which was also converted.
The next few phases were physical with both sets of players trying to exert their strength over the other. Hamilton came out on top and keeping the ball in hand and good support play allowed Hamilton to cross the Stirling try line twice in 4 minutes both tries being converted.
At this stage it was looking as if the team was continuing it's fine form shown over the last two weeks.
Indiscipline at the breakdown allowed Stirling to pick and go and run through an ill prepared Hamiton defence line.
The team regathered and put the ball several phases of play to cross the Stirling line for the
fourth time in 35 minutes.
Unfortunately upon the restart Euan Brannan suffered a bad injury causing him to leave the field
This literally became a game of two halves, Hamilton lost its structure and belief , too many infringements from an attacking position allowed Stirling posession and within 15 minutes Hamilton had conceded 5 tries all in my opinion preventable, if we had kept our discipline and shape.
The team came back to score the last try of the game which we shouldn't have lost.
Stirling were so releived at the final whistle that they celebrated the result at the end of a bruising encounter.
That was the biggest positive that a team that believes coming to the Bent was a mere formality realised that this is a much improved team. Cut out the indiscipline and this game would have provided a different result.