County’s inability to capitalise on the gale gusting down the pitch at their backs in the second half was ultimately to prove costly
Hawks, on the other hand, were the beneficiaries of a disciplined, tight game in that second period as they limited the visitors to few scoring opportunities.
The Glasgow men had turned round at the break just 7-3 ahead, the points coming from the boot of County winger Jonny Hope, pictured, and a touchdown by Hawks hooker Jack Macfarlane, converted by Pierre Mounal.
But, in dreadful weather, County could not make the most of the conditions after the break and failed to pin their hosts back until late on.
Indeed, the second period was a poor, scrappy affair, with little penetration by either side and only a penalty notched by Mounal to trouble the scoreboard. Hope and Mounal both fluffed kicking chances but had perfectly acceptable excuses in the weather.
County rang the changes with a raft of replacements but they made little difference to proceedings and, despite late pressure, they just could not conjure a way past stout defending.