ARDROSSAN Accies Minis travelled without their younger Micros counterparts for a testing challenge against the mighty Cumnock RFC.

With Kilmarnock joining the fixture there was plenty of rugby to go around in the warm, sunny conditions. As ever with Cumnock, the tackling was tough, the rugby abrasive and the players uncompromising in their style.

P4/5 started their first of three games with a loss against Cumnock Black.

The Accies youngsters found the direct running threats hard to nullify and conceded several early tries before dragging themselves back into the game thanks to the assertive displays from stars Logan O’Moore and Marcel Emmery – both boys leading the tackle count for the team. The second match against Cumnock Red fared more favourably for the Accies with Josh Bleakley and Stuart Johnstone getting more hands-on-ball time.

Not surprisingly with those two attacking stars running riot, the tries came in thick and fast leading to a win. The third and final game also resulted in a win as Kilmarnock were beaten well by the Ardrossan outfit.

P6, as they have done in years gone by, saved their best rugby of the season for their first clash with Cumnock.

Both teams were well skilled, with Cumnock possessing a more physical edge. However, thanks to the irrepressible tackling of Julia Hogarth, Cumnock’s power was negated.

Returning Accies favourite Cameron Bauld joined her as star of the day thanks to his wonderful display of attacking rugby and an equally solid defensive shift. The game resulted an Accies win by two tries.

The second match – against Kilmarnock was a much more free flowing affair: wide passes, neat offloads and some great length-of-the field breaks. Stars of the day were Logan Dick for his hard-tackling and strong-running exploits and Tom Monaghan, who spent the day plucking interception balls from the grasp of his opponents en route to the try line.

P7 started off with a tough battle against a formidable Cumnock outfit.

The home team were well-drilled and robust in both attack and defence.

Accies conceded several early tries, despite the best efforts of star player Logan Cast, who tackled tirelessly. He was joined by star Calum Bell – who found and exploited the open spaces to score some well deserved tries. The match against Kilmarnock fared better for the Accies and resulted in a close but well earned victory. Seamus Gallanach once again showed his try scoring prowess after multiple mazy runs into the heart of the opposition.

Morgan Emmery was another player revelling in the firm turf and dry conditions with his performance earning him a star of the day.