A place in the next round of the Regional Bowl and a first league win of the season, were reward for Stornoway RFC last Saturday, as they fought off a physical and spirited Banff side at Bayhead.
Stornoway were more than motivated to put in a decent performance with so much at stake. The Island side were forced to make countless changes to the side that started last week against Lochaber. They welcomed back Rick Macleod and Stevie Burke to the pack and saw John Campbell switch from back row to centre amongst others. With so many changes it might have been difficult for Stornoway to galvanize but they were quickly in to their stride and enjoying some decent possession and pressure. They were unlucky not to take the lead, not once but twice, as Peter Hobson narrowly missed two penalties conceded by the Banff outfit. Although enjoying the lions share of the ball Stornoway went behind from what was Banff’s first real attack. Despite being in control defensively, Stornoway’s poor discipline at the breakdown saw the visitors keep momentum going, tapping quickly from the resulting penalty to cross the Stornoway line for the opening try, taking a 5 point lead against the run of play. The attempt at the extra points was too far out for Banff but Stornoway could have been forgiven for wondering how they were behind?
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