Langholm lose their away again

Irvine 20

Langholm 7

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

It was another disappointing display by Langholm on the road, having only secured two away wins this season.

The first quarter was rather untidy and, like the majority of the match, was a stop-start affair littered with penalties.

Langholm pressed in the Irvine half, but wayward passing allowed the homesters to break out of defence and set up a counter attack. The visitors were penalised for holding in the tackle on their own 22 and were caught napping when prop Stuart Docherty took a quick tap and went over untouched to score. Craig Maxwell converted.

Langholm then applied good periods of pressure and put together useful attacks, although constantly thwarted by the spoiling tactics of the Irvine forwards. The hosts hit back on the counter and there were four missed tackles before their winger was finally tackled into touch. Irvine secured the lineout and fed out for flyhalf John Carson to run in the second try which was unconverted.

Langholm controlled the rest of the half and just before the break an excellent rolling maul took them within the 10 metres of the home line. But a turnover by Irvine saw them break away and their winger dashed from inside his own half to score an unconverted try for a 17-0 lead at the break.

Five minutes after the restart Irvine had a player sin-binned for persistent infringing. Langholm took a quick tap penalty and the ball was recycled from the ruck for flyhalf Niall Cubbon to dive over. Colin Jardine added the difficult conversion.

The remainder of the game was a rather poor affair with a constant string of penalties – a total of 24 and 11 against Irvine and Langholm respectively. At one point the referee spoke to the captains for two minutes before showing another yellow card to an Irvine player.

The homesters added a penalty goal in the closing minutes.

Langholm: C. Jardine; R. Mackay, A. Cavers, S. Nicol, T. Pringle; N. Cubbon, D. Irving; E. MacLean, S. Devlin, C. Little, A. Tyler, J. Reid, S. Howatson, L. Miller, S. Graham. Subs: J. Pool, G. Read and L. Miller.