Hawick Linden 10 Dalkeith 52

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Injuries and unavailability resulted in an understrength Linden team slumping to their fourth consecutive League defeat of the season.

Seven players made their first appearance of the League campaign with debutants Aiden Fairbairn and Liam Sharkey giving determined performances.

An early converted try for the visitors was responded to when Steven Beattie stroked over a penalty goal. Two more converted touch downs stretched the Dalkeith lead to 21-3 as the strong running of their centres in particular was cutting holes in the Linden defence not helped by some poor tackling.

Dalkeith had secured the try bonus point before adding a fifth on the stroke of half-time to leave the Linden 33-3 in arrears at the break.

The Linden could not capitalise on a yellow card for one of the visitors’ forwards with no scoring during his ten minute break. Once back to a full complement Dalkeith showed great hands when attacking from their own 22 for a cracking length of the field try.

The Linden secured their only touchdown of the day when, following a line out catch and drive, hooker Peter Drysdale came on a short ball to stroll over and under the posts for Beattie to convert.

The home joy didn’t last long as Dalkeith went up the other end to score another try and the Linden couldn’t prevent the visitors from adding to their total resulting in the home team leaking over fifty points for the third time this season.

The Linden forwards stuck in well against a big pack with Simon Spalding and Barrie Keown showing up well. Ryan Hamilton did admirably filling in at stand-off whilst Will Barker and Euan Hair never gave up in the centre against slick opposite numbers.

Linden: P MacTaggart, R Elliot, W Barker, E Hair, S Grant, R Hamilton, S Beattie; R Beattie, P Drysdale, S Spalding, S Hair, A Fairbairn, J Hogg, L Sharkey, B Keown; Subs: A McSorley, G Baillie.