Langholm pull off a rare win on the road

East Kilbride 6

Langholm 25

NATIONAL DIVISION THREE

LANGHOLM gained a rare away win last Saturday against an East Kilbride side struggling to avoid relegation, writes John Smith.

Prior to Saturday’s match the home side still had eight games to play and were desperate for points against Langholm, but the Milntown men never looked in danger.

With one league match to play, Langholm are safe for another season in the National League top flight, sitting in fifth position.

The East Kilbride forwards made it a real battle up front with a powerful scrum, but the Langholm backs were superior and fly half Keith Davidson kept the opposition pinned back with fine positional kicks.

A penalty in the opening minutes put the home side in front, but Langholm produced most of the pressure and a quick tap penalty by David Irving set off a move which ended with winger Alasdair Cavers diving in at the corner after 13 minutes.

East Kilbride were defending well and on the counter won a penalty to put them back in front.

Langholm pressure on the half-hour saw Davidson go on a mazy runs and glide through the defence for a great try, converted by Cubbon – who added a penalty goal to make it 6-15 at the break.

Cubbon stretched the lead with another well-struck penalty after the restart before converting an Irving try after the scrum half broke from the back of a scrum.

Langholm: C. Jardine; R. Mackay, S. Nicol, N. Cubbon, A. Cavers; K. Davidson, D. Irving; C. Little, H. Scammell, S. Devlin, J. Ashton-Smith, J. Reid, S. Howatson, L. Miller, S. Graham. Sub: L. Miller.