Langholm almost convert comeback

Langholm 29

Greenock Wanderers 31

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

JOHN SMITH reports from Milntown

A DETERMINED comeback which so nearly brought victory saw Langholm grab two bonus points in defeat against Greenock.

For most of the first half the Milntown men were being torn apart by fine running rugby from the Wanderers.

The visitors romped in for four tries, one of which started from the shadow of their own posts, and all were converted, plus a penalty goal.

All Langholm had to show for 37 minutes of rugby was a solitary penalty goal from Niall Cubbon.Just before the break, however, Langholm suddenly came to life and stormed upfield with flanker Steven Nicol winning a kick-and-chase to dive over for the touchdown. Cubbon converted to make it 10-31 at the interval.

It was a completely transformed game in the second half with Langholm controlling possession for long periods and putting promotion-chasing Wanderers under severe pressure.

The Milntown men were given three quickfire penalties for visitors’ infringements, but they opted for the tap and go and somehow Wanderers held out.

Eventually, pressure brought rewards when lock Craig Hislop crashed over to score and Cubbon added the extras.

Greenock only made fleeting excursions into the home half and the nearest they came to scoring was with two poor drop goal attempts from flyhalf Diffenthat.

Langholm continued to press the visitors’ line and tries came from prop Stephen Devlin and No.8 Stuart Graham. Cubbon added one conversion, but his vital kick to level the scores drifted wide.

Langholm: C. Jardine, R. Mackay, M. Rose, N. Cubbon, A. Cavers, K. Davidson, D. Irving, S. Devlin, E. MacLean, C. Little, C. Hislop, A. Tyler, S. Nicol, S. Howatson, S. Graham. Subs: L. Miller, J. Reid and J. Pool.