Bishopton moved to the top of BT West Division Three with a convincing 50-7 win over Lanark at Holmpark on Saturday.

There were a number of changes to the hosts’ starting line-up with injuries or players returning from the physio room as they looked to pick up their second win of 2018, after beating Moffat last week.

The wet conditions made it difficult for either side to gain any early momentum, with lots of dropped possession and scrapping on the ground to win back the ball.

But scrum-half Ruari Taylor grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck; quick tap and go caught the Lanark defence off guard and he touched down for the first try of the afternoon, with Catto converting.

The number nine soon added to his try tally, sniping off the back of a ruck to make it 14-0 to the home side.

Lanark came back and put pressure on the hosts defence, but they held strong.

After half-time Bishopton made substitutions as they looked to bring some returning players back into the fold.

Two Lanark players were forced off with injury, forcing them to play with reduced numbers for the rest of the game.

Number eight Scott Baird touched down on his return to the team, with McGowan scoring shortly after to secure the bonus point and make the score 26-0.

Haldane crashed over from short range, with Catto converting to push Bishopton further into the lead.

Good combination play from the two Catto brothers and Seymour saw Ruaridh slide into the corner for Bishopton’s sixth of the day, brother Max’s conversion falling just short of the posts to make it 38-0.

A score from within their own half soon followed, with Max Catto turning on the afterburners after throwing a dummy pass and touching down in the corner.

Lanark showed brief signs of a fightback, but after knocking the ball on Taylor tapped and went from the 22-drop out, scoring to bring up the half century for Bishopton and the scrum-half’s hat-trick.

The visitors were to have the last say though, after several phases they eventually broke through, bringing the final score to 50-7.

Bishopton travel to play Mull this Saturday, with kick-off at 2pm, before a crunch tie against title rivals Glasgow University Medics the following week at Holmpark.