Callum Ker

This afternoon the Ayrshire Bulls cruised to a 7-33 victory over Heriots at Goldenacre. An opening try from Thomas Glendining in the fourth minute put the Bulls in front and they remained there for the next 76 minutes. Bolstered by the inclusion of Scotland internationals Ross Thomson and Ollie Smith, Pat Macarthur’s men were at their clinical best – making full use of the limited chances they had.

The Bulls have been in tremendous form the past few weeks and started the match in fine fettle. Glendinning’s early score was closely followed by another from Eli Caven. The winger worked his way into the middle of the park and a well-timed pass from Andy Stirrat put him through. Two successful conversions from Ross Thomson made it 0-14 after less than ten minutes.


Heriots did manage to slow down the Ayr attack, but Pat Macarthur’s men worked their way back over twenty minutes later. Eli Caven received the ball out wide and managed to wriggle through two attackers to bag his second and the team’s third.


Half-time: Heriots 0-19 Ayrshire Bulls


The second half started much more competitive than the first, with a turn in weather plaguing the match with rain.


On the hour mark Heriots bagged their first score. A charge down from Iain Wilson sprung the ball into the palms of Gelderbloom who was able to race clear. Ayr retaliated immediately, with Caven securing his hattrick just three minutes later.


Caven’s fourth and the matches final score came in the 77th minute. Ollie Smith kick-started the counterattack, weaving through the line before feeding Caven on his left. There was still work to do and a change of pace from the speedster propelled him through the final tackler and in for the score.


Unsurprisingly, Eli Caven was named FOSROC Player of the match for his deadly finishing.