Desperate defending can’t prevent crushing defeat

Langholm9

Preston Lodge55

THIS win at Milntown keeps Preston Lodge at the top of the East division one table with a maximum 15 points from three matches played.

No 8 Steven Nicol was the pick of the home forwards and made a number of surging runs from scrum pick-ups.

Flyhalf Niall Cubbon and centre and skipper Alasdair Cavers were the only backs who looked like making a breakthrough.

Langholm held off an early threat, then made ground into visitor’s territory with a Nicol attack from the back of a lineout which was carried on by Cavers. Possession was recycled and Cubbon sweetly struck over a drop goal.

Preston hit back with powerful surging runs and opened their account when Paul Voy went over and flyhalf Graeme Patterson added the extras.

Visitor’s winger Finlay Hughes scampered over for a try and this was followed by another from flanker Jason Riley.

A tap and go by Nicol for Langholm looked like producing a try, but the visitors stopped the quick recycle and a penalty was awarded which Cubbon slotted with ease, but it could well have brought better rewards.

The Preston Lodge pack battered the home line and eventual Voy surged over for his second try. Cubbon replied with a penalty goal for the Milntown men just before the break to make it 9-22.

Langholm had to defend desperately in the second half against continuous powerful running by Preston Lodge, who added further tries from David Lockie (2), Dale Gordon, Riley and Hughes, plus four conversions by Patterson.