Feb 20 2013 By Kenny Smith
Cambuslang Rugby Club’s hopes of promotion were virtually killed off at the weekend with a home defeat to Lenzie.
Cambus always knew they were in for a tough task against Lenzie, who currently sit third in the table and are just eight points off a promotion spot.
Unfortunately, Cambus remain sixth in the RBS West League second division, after a couple of defeats in their last two games.
Coach Scott Forrest said: “This season is a year of transition for us. At the start we said we were aiming for promotion, but now, we’re realistically looking at finishing fourth. Promotion isn’t realistic now.
“We’ve also had no consistency in the team selection - we’ve now used over 40 players this season.
“We’ve got a couple of games in hand over Strathendrick and Carrick, and if we win them we’ll rise up to fourth.”
Scott admitted Saturday was another day of frustration for him.
He explained: “Lenzie are going really well just now, and they beat us really comfortably earlier this season.
“On paper, we were fielding our strongest side this season, but sadly games don’t get won on paper.
“We’re suffering because of a lack of consistent games, and we haven’t been able to train properly over the winter months - that’s what’s costing us.
“We were 10-3 behind at half-time, but we had some penalties from Fraser Cassells which got us back into it, and then we scored a try to go 16-10 in front with five minutes to go.
“Then our game management cost us. We won a penalty and missed the kick to touch, and had some poor catches. We were in a good position to take it, but we lost it, and let them in.
“Their coach came over to me straight after the game and said we deserved to win it - he said we were robbed. That was nice of him, but it doesn’t get us any extra points.
“We were disappointing in the first 20 minutes, but after that we turned it around and started to play. It’s just frustrating we couldn’t see the game out and get the win.”
Meanwhile, this Saturday, Cambus are at home again, with Carrick the scheduled visitors.
Cambus will be out for revenge as they played Carrick away last month, when they were beaten 19-3 by the side from Ayrshire.
This will be the fourth time that the club have tried to get the fixture played, with it having been previously postponed because of wet weather on two occasions, and a frozen pitch on the other.
Scott said: “We’ll get there!
“It will be interesting to see how it goes, as the two times we’ve played them this season, they’ve had competely different teams out. In the cup they beat us when we had an under-strength side, and then a couple of weeks back had a big strong side that bullied us all over the park.
“I noticed on Saturday they were beaten quite heavily away from home, so being a team from Ayrshire, I wonder if they’ve a few farmers in the team who aren’t able to travel.
“We need to work on the positives from Saturday, cut out the errors, and build on the overall performance. Hopefully, we’ll get the right result.”
Cambuslang v Carrick will kick off at 2pm.