Greenock were relegated last season along with
Lasswade from Division 2 but without a win.
They thought their narrow home win against Dalziel in the opening game of this season signalled an upturn in their fortunes.
It proved to be a completely false dawn and going into this fixture they had lost all 16 games since by an average of 46 points and were already officially relegated.
By contrast Lasswade have bounced back and are in a tight battle for promotion.
For the travelling support, therefore, it was not so much about whether their team would win but by how much.
It was Greenock though, who drew first blood when virtually from the kick-off an offence in front of the post enabled McTavish to convert it to three points.
After just a few more opening exchanges Lasswade took the lead by pushing the set scrum ten metres for Hearn to touch down.
The second try came on 15 minutes when Lamont broke down the wing and seeing his path blocked put in a classic winger’s cross-kick which bounced kindly for Wilson backing up down the centre to gather and race in under the posts.
As the clock ticked into the second quarter, Elliot tidied up a slightly overthrown ball at a five metre lineout and bee-lined over for the third try and on the half hour Cooke finished off a short catch and drive to clinch the try bonus.
With the half time break drawing close and another five metre lineout, a rehearsed ploy to Billingham breaking down the tight side made it number five.
From the restart the ball found its way to Gray who backed his size and speed to round the defenders on the right wing and step inside the full back to bring the try tally to half a dozen and secure his hold on player of the match.
Hunter’s conversion with the last kick of the first period and three earlier conversions accounted for the 3-38 half-time score.
Lasswade lost some momentum in the second period and although dominating possession and territory it was ten minutes before a five metre scrum and a straightforward moving of the ball to opposite wing gave space for Lamontto squeeze over and Kerr converted.
It’s credit to the Greenock players that they dug deeper rather than just lie down and this, together perhaps with a bit of line-fever and loss of shape on the visiting side, prevented any further scores until, with ten minutes to go, the ball squirted from the back of a home scrum and Gladstone capitalised by hacking ahead and gathering just before the line to touch down for the half century and final score.
With things still very tight at the top, Lasswade’s bonus point has more significance as both Dumfries and St Boswells managed only low-scoring wins, the latter dealing a setback to Glasgow Accies.
St Boswells stay two points clear of Lasswade who in turn are three ahead of Dumfries who have a game in hand.
Fourth placed Accies are a further three points behind.
Lasswade need to win every game and this Saturday make the short trip to RH Cougars who will definitely not be a pushover especially on their home turf.
Kick-off 3pm unless otherwise publicised.