Heavy loss for Stornoway who were brave in defeat

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Stornoway faced a daunting challenge in their last outing when high-flying Lossiemouth - sitting pretty in second in the table - visited Bayhead.

Lossiemouth also boasted the proud record of being the only side in the division to have claimed a win over league champions Aberdeenshire.

The island side had lost heavily to the flyers at their Lossiemouth base and were looking for an improvement from that game and the islanders didn’t disappoint.

“We’ve trained really well over the past few weeks and we really wanted to have a go this weekend,” said coach Angus Mackay.

And that was certainly the case as they threw everything at the visitors, enjoying the majority of possession and territory. However, the Lossie side were able to soak up the Stornoway attack as the final scoring pass eluded the home side.

This was the story of most of the match, with the Lossie scores coming largely from Stornoway errors. Though trying valiantly, the home defence was little match for the powerful open field running of a far fitter and stronger side.

“The lads gave it a real go but ultimately just didn’t have enough firepower,” he opined.

The home side were dealt a heavy blow in the final half hour when they lost John Campbell at scrum half. A backline reshuffle saw him ably replaced by Darren Mackay, this in turn meant a debut appearance for young Ian Murdo. Further injuries to Jeff MacDonald and towards the end, captain David Mackay, meant the Stornoway side struggled to keep shape.

Stornoway finished the game with a strong spell of pressure on the visitors line but were unable to turn it in to points.

“It’s pretty much been the story of our season where we’ve enjoyed a lot of ball whenever we have played but struggled to turn pressure in to points,” he continued.

“We have to look at our fitness, we were able to control the ball for 4-5 phases but then ran out of steam and Lossie were able to exploit that.

“At this level the fitter you are the better decisions you make, the more alert you are and that was evident as the game went on, but I’m delighted the way the guys approached the game and they deserved more.”

The islanders enjoy a week off this time round after a gruelling spell of away games. They then prepare for an away trip to Moray on May 2 before closing their season with a home game against Lochaber on May 9