East Kilbride Pirates 49 – Gateshead Senators 12
East Kilbride continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable home victory. The Club are starting to reap the benefits of their strong Youth and Junior programmes with several graduates contributing to the success on Sunday.
The tone was set on the first drive when the home side quickly got onto the scoreboard. Just nine plays into the game and Neil Baptie passed to Fraser McDonald for his inaugural TD. Greg Atkinson, who would be perfect on the day, duly added the extra point. EK’s second possession brought further scoring. This time it was running back Lee Chappell doing the damage, carrying the ball in from 6 yards for his first Senior touchdown. Gateshead’s response was quickly shut down and they punted as the quarter came to a close.
It was the turn of one of the old guard to get in on the act early in the second period. QB Sam Montgomerie passed to David Fallon who forced his way into the endzone for a 23-yard score. An exchange of punts followed before Gateshead worked their way into Pirates’ territory. They eventually had to settle for a 35-yard field goal attempt, but a low snap saw them lose ground and turn the ball over. Their disappointment was short lived however, as a breakdown in communication between Montgomerie and his receiver ended in an interception that Darren Mould returned untouched from 25 yards. The PAT attempt was blocked to hold the score at 21-6. Montgomerie quickly made up for the mistake, completing four consecutive passes, the last to Struan Bailey who scored from 15 yards. Atkinson’s PAT brought the half to a close at 28-6.
Report by Bill Campbell
Photos courtesy Duncolm Photography