IN A Glasgow derby, Whitecraigs defeated Premier two rivals West of Scotland 28-15.
It was the first time the teams have met in competitive league action and Ally Stevenson – who made the switch to West at the start of last season – was back in Craigs’ colours for this clash.
Ryan Moffat scored from a penalty in the first 60 seconds but West fought back with a try to make it 3-5 in the opening ten minutes.
A further two penalties from Moffat, plus a conversion following a Jamie Christine try, put Craigs 16-5 in front at half time.
After the break, the side from north of the river fought back to 16-15 as Ross McAulay piled on the points with a converted try and a penalty.
Not to be outdone, Moffat converted his own try to give Craigs a 23-15 lead and soon after, Christine added his second try of the day.
Craigs had to survive a late barrage of pressure from West but thanks to strong defence, the West Lodge side held out to win four bonus points.
Coach John Shaw said: “It has been a tough introduction to Premier two rugby but we have shown that we can compete on equal terms with every team and this result should provide the momentum for the remaining games in this half of the season.
“This victory will help the self belief of the players”.
On Saturday, Craigs visit Hamilton at Laigh Bent.
Neighbours GHA were similarly successful in their match against Dalziel.
Despite going 3-0 down after five minutes, Hefin O’Hare put GHA in front with Houston adding the extras and later, a penalty.
O’Hare was a thorn in Dalziel’s side once again when he broke before releasing Barnett on the blind side who set up Jericevich to score in the right corner.
The sides exchanged penalties and GHA went into the dressing room at half time with a 18-6 lead.
O’Hare started the second half as he ended the first, making life misery for the Dalziel defence.
From a 22m drop out by the visitors, the centre found a gap and burst past the full back to score, with young scrum-half Houston converting.
The visitors hit back immediately with a score in the corner, leaving them 11 points behind at 25-14.
But they could not cross the line again and another Houston penalty secured the win for the southsiders.
Meanwhile, premier three rivals Cartha lost to Dumfries 30-16.
Next week, Cartha host Morgan Academy and GHA visit Haddington.