Langholm look to
life in lower league

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Steven Nicol has been re-elected to lead the Langholm rugby side into action for another season, but after relegation it will be in East League division two.

Alasdair Cavers has been named as vice-captain while Gary Brannan remains coach and the club would welcome someone to assist either in the coaching or as team manager.

The annual general meeting of the Milntown club took place in the Eskdale Hotel last Friday evening and after welcoming everyone president Michael Bell handed over to chairman Kenneth Pool.

Youth rugby will be developed mainly through the school next season with the help of the Milntown club. Former Scotland player and National coach George Graham, who is at present in charge at Gala, will be giving after school coaching.

The chairman thanked all the various officials, coaches, committee and helpers who had been involved with the club last season and Edinburgh Woollen Mill for sponsoring the sevens.

On the playing front it had been difficult with lack of numbers and points were lost with fixtures not fulfilled on the set date. With only one win and points deducted Langholm were relegated.

Michael Bell remains as president and his daughter Catriona is again secretary along with Michelle Grieve as treasurer. John Ritchie has retired from the committee but will remain assistant treasurer with Kenneth Donaldson. A vice-president has still to be confirmed, but Alison Nicol has joined the committee.

A new management committee has been formed and will include the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Fixture secretary, Stuart Mabon; property management, Chris Tait; fund raising, Craig Hislop; youth rugby, Davy Gordon; membership secretary, Katrina Mabon; bar co-ordinators, Ann Warwick and Laura Jeffrey; Sevens convener, Kenneth Pool; referees secretary, Ross Mabon. Jake Little and Ally Ratcliffe will also give a helping hand.