Loch Lomond’s season started off with a local derby defeat to Clydebank in the BT West Shield at home on Saturday.

Lomond had the best of the early exchanges and the visitors found themselves on the back foot.

Despite the pressure they were unable to get the first score due to unforced errors. Clydebank touched down first via a counterattack; pace and slick hands saw them score in the corner.

Lomond then quickly conceded another score when they allowed a Bank prop to break the line and offload to his team mate who scored under the posts.

Despite having a lot of the possession, Lomond couldn’t capitalise and too often gave possession away via mistakes.

On the stroke of half time they received a penalty which Bailey slotted over from just inside the oppositions half to make the scores .

There was no need for stern words from the coaches at half time, as to a man the Bonhill team knew they had to improve their game.

Improve they did; straight away they won a series of rucks resulting in Drew McGinty crashing over from short range.

Lomond now found themselves controlling the game and Craig Newport found space to get over the line for another score to put Lomond in the lead.

Clydebank came back and only resolute defence and tackling kept them out; with Gilmour and Ward marshalling the middle of the park.

This pattern continued, for both teams, as they tried to find that winning score. Unfortunately it was the visitors who managed to get it with almost the last play of the game.

From a scrum they put the ball wide and the winger showed quick feet and speed to dart over for the winning try. Lomond had a lot of positives to take from this and especially from the second half performance.

The club thanked Sloan’s the Butchers for their post match food. Next week Lomond begin their league campaign away to Lenzie.

LOCH LOMOND: Donowski, Brown, Dennison, Carruthers, S.Newport, Nicholson, MacFarlane, D.McGinty, Todd, Mathieson, Maitland, Gilmour, Ward, C.Newport, Bailey, Abraham, Miller, S.McGinty, Campbell, MacLeod, Deasey