Depleted Linden done in by Dunbar

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THE Linden were forced into making five changes from the previous week due to injuries and work commitments.

No specialised middle rows meant the game was always going to be tough against a big and well drilled Dunbar pack.

The home team opened the scoring with a converted try and the Royal Blues responded with Stuart Williams going through a gap to touch down. Ross Armstrong converted.

Despite another two tries from the hosts, one of which was converted, Linden were still in the game at half time thanks to an Armstrong conversion which made it 19-10.

A terrible start to the second period saw the Linden leak four tries, one of which was converted and, after just 13 minutes of the half, the visitors were out of the game.

The home team added a further try before the Linden had an excellent period of play and a series of penalties in the Dunbar danger zone ultimately resulted in a yellow card. The Linden opted for a scrum from the penalty and once again the Armstrong, Williams partnership created space for the latter to go over. Armstrong converted.

Another converted home try came before Phil Mactaggart couldn’t believe his luck when a Dunbar line-out throw went straight to him for the easiest of scores. Armstrong converted well from out wide. T he home team had the final say with a try converted with the last kick of the game.