Langholm’s away days continue to give them a bit of trouble

Preston Lodge 43

Langholm 15

RBS EAST LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

IT WAS another defeat on the road for Langholm as Preston Lodge ran in seven tries at Pennypit Park, writes John Smith.

The home forwards battered holes in the visitors’ defence and their backs moved the ball when possible, which stretched the Milntown men.

Preston Lodge made a fine start, when after a bout of handling Johnny Brash ran in for a try at the corner.

Langholm hit back immediately and after putting the home defence under pressure Kevin Jack wrenched the ball from his opposite number and romped in from the 22 to score an unconverted try.

A pick and drive by Preston Lodge ended with Ian MacIntosh charging over from close range with Andrew Clark converting.

On the half-hour mark, some sloppy tackling by Langholm allowed Craig Quigley to carry the ball to within the 22 and Paul Voy went over for an unconverted try to give the hosts a 17-5 lead at the interval.

Langholm lock Stuart Graham was sent to the sin-bin, after what looked like a rather dodgy refereeing decision, and the home side secured the bonus try just after the restart, with Greg Kinross getting the touchdown at the posts which Clark converted.

Niall Cubbon capitalised on Langholm pressure with a successful penalty goal, but another home attack brought a second try from Voy, Clark again converting.

With five minutes remaining Langholm once again went down to 14 men when Tommy Pringle was yellow-carded and Quigley got a converted home touchdown from a quickly taken free kick.

Langholm hit back when winger Gavin Campbell intercepted and ran 60m for a good try which he also converted with a drop goal, before Voy sealed the game with an unconverted try in injury time.

Langholm: C. Jardine; K. Jack, A. Cavers, N. Cubbon, G. Campbell; K. Davidson, L. Dunford; M. Solaman, C. Little, J. Ratcliffe, R. Taylor, S. Graham, J. Reid, S. Howatson, S. Nicol. Subs: D. Nordon, T. Pringle.