Langholm pass up win opportunity

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Garnock 12

Langholm 5

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

LANGHOLM picked up a bonus point in defeat, but it was a match they could have won, writes John Smith.

It was a rather stop-start affair with the shrill blast of the referee’s whistle prominent throughout as he handed out numerous penalties to both sides.

Langholm had to work hard against the powerful home pack but the lighter Milntown eight did well and hooker Russell Anderson secured two against the head in the scrum.

There was some doubt in both the Garnock tries. The first came on the half-hour when, with the home side attacking, there was a short kick and chase over the line which Langholm looked to have scrambled back and touched down, but the try was awarded and converted.

Langholm appeared to make the mistake of playing too much rugby in their own 22 and put themselves under pressure, when a kick into home territory would have been the safer option by far.

It remained 7-0 at the interval and there was no change to the scoreline until the last quarter.

Pressure from the Milntown men forced Garnock to infringe at the scrum and a penalty was awarded in the opposition 22. A quickly-taken tap penalty by scrum half David Irving was fed to fly half Keith Davidson, who went on a diagonal run through the defence to score near the corner.

Niall Cubbon saw his conversion attempt just drift narrowly past. Cubbon then had a chance to put Langholm in front, but was off-target with the difficult penalty attempt.

In the closing minutes Garnock sealed things when again awarded an unconverted try from a chip and chase.

Langholm: C. Jardine; T. Pringle, M. Rose, N. Cubbon, A. Cavers; K. Davidson, D. Irving; C. Little, R. Anderson, S. Devlin, A. Tyler, S. Nicol, S. Howatson, K. Miller, S. Graham. Sub: E. MacLean.