Paisley Rugby Club coach Simon Brown has called on his side to show signs of improvement this weekend in their Tennent's West Region League Division 2 clash away to Helensburgh.

Having lost just one match in five so far this season, Paisley's latest win came last weekend courtesy of a 17-7 victory over Wigtownshire at the Anchor.

But despite sealing maximum points, Brown admitted that his side's performance was not up to scratch.

He said: "It was great to get the win last weekend but we felt, as a group, the performance wasn't quite there. 

"We made poor decisions when it mattered and left a lot of points on the pitch. We've been working hard at that this week and hopefully we can improve our attacking performance against Helensburgh."

While Brown has demanded improvements, last Saturday's Shire win helped the club bounce back from a heavy defeat away to Oban Lorne earlier in the month.

Energetic and well-contested but far from free-flowing due to the testing weather conditions, Paisley more than deserved their win over a young and mobile Wigtownshire team at the Anchor.

The Gazette: Paisley captain Euan Stuart on the end of a mid-air tackle at the AnchorPaisley captain Euan Stuart on the end of a mid-air tackle at the Anchor

The swirling and blustery winds helped neither team but the hosts got off to a flyer with a try straight from the training ground. 

Euan Stuart cleverly played the inside pass to find Ryan McCready who sidestepped a challenge before taking advantage of a gaping hole in the visitor’s defence to cross, with Stuart converting to make it 7-0 early on.

The visitors responded with vigour, running the ball at every opportunity and were soon camped in the Paisley half. 

And their efforts were duly rewarded with a penalty and a try restoring parity.

With the heavier pack, the home side started to apply some pressure with Stuart slotting home a penalty 10 minutes from the break to send his side in ahead.

Wigtownshire were far from out of it after the restart but the Paisley defence tackled well and held firm.

Up the other end, Gregor Queen made the most of sloppy defending to go under the posts for Paisley’s second try of the afternoon with Stuart adding from the conversion as it finished 17-7.

Helensburgh v Paisley kicks-off tomorrow at 3pm. 

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