Clydebank 1st XV made the trip down the A77 to take on Millbrae on Saturday and returned with two points after a nervy 17-17 draw.

The wet and windy weather meant this looked like it could be a slog, but both sides ran plenty of ball and the handling was great despite the poor conditions.

Clydebank dominated the early exchanges but Millbrae were looking a constant threat on the counter attack.

After 12 minutes Jack McCombe missed a penalty shot at goal into the wind but after that Clydebank took control of the game with three tries in 15 minutes.

Campbell Cowie opened the scoring with a short burst after some controlled build up play but McCombe couldn’t add to the score as he missed for the extra points.

Bank did manage to extend their lead five minutes later from a lineout. The ball was shipped out to the backs and Cowie made the initial break, linking up with James Kelly who fed Jamie Boyd to finish off in the right corner and McCombe was successful with the conversion this time.

Bank kept the pressure on and when a Millbrae clearance kick found Dougie Vallance, he returned it and put on the after burners and bolted in at the right corner for an outstanding solo score. However, McCombe was unable to make the tricky conversion from out wide.

Bank kept the pressure on but were unable to breach the solid Millbrae defence to go in 17-0 at half-time.

Millbrae hit back just five minutes into the second period when their centre hit a great line to score under the posts that was easily converted.

That quick try gave them confidence and they scored again soon after with a lovely piece of skill to pass the ball out the tackle with one hand to free up their right winger to score in the corner. The conversion from out wide was sweetly struck and they were right back in it.

Both sides then tried to gain the upper hand with Clydebank having more of the possession but the visitors were unable to turn it into points with some solid defence from the home side keeping them at bay.

Millbrae then levelled the scores from a penalty that rattled off the post and over.

The Red and Blacks were awarded a penalty in front of the posts in the last minute but the referee reversed it and the chance was gone as Millbrae kicked it out to end level.

Despite the result, Clydebank’s performance was much improved from last week and were unlucky not to turn their possession into points. The Lawman Brew Co man of the match was Joe Moore in the second row who carried strongly, hit hard in defence and did a lot of the hard work at the breakdown to secure quick ball.