Lewis loss for Deeside in relegation battle

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A strong Stornoway side got the better of Deeside on Saturday, beating the Woodend outfit 22-5 at Bayhead on the Isle of Lewis.

The result helped the islanders make up ground on table toppers Ellon while Deeside are left still fighting for their spot in the league in the bottom three.

One positive from the weekend was Ross Sutherland beating Shetland who failed to take the opportunity to overtake Deeside in the standings.

The Banchory club will have an immediate opportunity for revenge this weekend, as Stornoway make their way to Woodend for another league fixture.

Deeside First XV coach Bruce Strachan said: “Stornoway like so many of the island teams are very strong at home and you have to work very hard to get anything from the game.

“Although they sometimes travel with less players than they would hope for, the lads from Stornoway will always give you a hard 80 mins.

“We will get back to training tomorrow night and Thursday night to see if we can freshen up the attack and fix the defensive lines.

“We have lost our Captain and openside flanker Chris Ballantyne with a fractured jaw so will have to play around with our back row before Saturday.

“We will have to work very hard this weekend to get something out of the game as it is vital that we pick up points at home in every game.”

Following this weekend’s match Deeside will travel to Ross Sutherland on March 25 followed by a crucial trip to Fort William to take on Lochaber on April 1 which could very well see on team ensure their survival in the division and another almost certain to face the drop.