It’s been four weeks since Preston Lodge had last played so despite their own Pennypit pitch being waterlogged, head coach Craig McGeary was glad to have the game go ahead at Meadowmill on Saturday – one of only five played in Scotland.
The visitors looked the more likely to score in at the start with most of the play taking place inside the PL 22 but gradually the PL pack began to gain control up front with Scott Rodgers and Jonathan Brash battling to win ball in the loose. It took until the 12th minute before decent territory was gained and the ball was finally out of the PL danger zone. Andrew Clark received a quick ball from Peter Johnstone and a shrewd dummy by the stand off was enough to wrong foot the defence allowing him to burst through and score. Graeme Patterson made sure of the conversion to make the score 7-0 and he was on target again just a few minutes later after Berwick were guilty of breaking the bind in the scrum and despite a difficult breeze, his kick sailed between the posts.
In the 24th minute Clark’s skills were far too cute for Berwick’s midfield defence and a quick show and go saw him clean through but this time he had Paul Glynn at his shoulder and he took the scoring pass before touching down under the posts. Patterson was on target again to make the score 17-0.
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