Andy Fielding scored the only points for Argyll and Bute RFC as the new combined area team lost 17-3 to Cowal in Rothesay on Saturday in their first game in BT West Division 4.
A team comprised entirely of Bute RFC players and their friends and team-mates from the local shinty and football clubs put up a brave defensive showing, conceding only one first half try against a Cowal side with several years’ experience of league rugby to trail 5-0 at the break.
But the visitors’ experience of playing together as a unit won them two further tries in the second half, one of them converted, with Fielding getting the new club’s first points on the board in the form of a solitary penalty.
Cowal continued to press for the fourth try which would have earned them a bonus point, but A&B’s exemplary tackling denied the visitors all the spoils.
* Full match report in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 18.