The mud and the torrential rain didn’t dampen the fighting spirit of the Loch Lomond Minis as they headed to Fintry for their last fixtures of 2018.

The P1-3s came up against a disciplined Allan Glen’s side in their first match with some solid defensive work from the Glen’s limiting Lomond’s time on the ball.

However, as the game progressed, the Lomond youngsters began to work closely together as a team with the strategy paying off towards the end of the game as they got on the scoreboard.

And using the same tactic, the Lomond kids produced a stronger performance against Waysiders in their second match of the day.

Lomond P4s were bolstered with some new recruits who were recently promoted from the younger age group.

Hosts Strathendrick fielded an experienced team and the early exchanges looked ominous for the Lomond side with Endrick taking advantage of some nerves to put themselves in a good position at the break.

Lomond began to make some progress in the second-half but their tries would come too late to affect the final result as they lost out in their opening match.

But that second-half display was a sign of things to come as they looked a more confident side against Allan Glen’s in their second match. The team worked well together as they picked their way through the Glen’s defence to score some good tries.

The P5 side lined up against Strathendrick in their first match with the hosts opening the scoring before Lomond quickly hit back. Strath proved to be the stronger side, however, as they made the most of loose balls to secure the win.

Allan Glen proved to be much more of an even contest for the P5s but a number of mistakes allowed Glen’s to see it out.

Lomond P6 and P7s lined up against Endrick twice before going on to face a combination of Endrick and Glens in their final match of the day.

The hosts were too strong in the opening match as Lomond conceded five tries but they bounced back to win their final two matches.

The youngsters played some great rugby after the slow start with exceptional tackling showing just how good they can be.

With the P6 and P7s now enjoying a week off before taking part in a festival of rugby at Scotstoun on Saturday, December 15, before the Glasgow Warriors take on Lyon, the morning of rugby at Fintry was used as an experiment as such with both the P6 and P7s getting in some vital practice before their Scotstoun trip.

Loch Lomond Minis training takes place on Monday nights at Argyle Park Sports Pitches in Alexandria from 6pm to 7pm with new players always welcome.