Langholm 14 Hawick Harlequins 7
RBS EAST LEAGUE ONE
It was a dour battle for supremacy in the soft underfoot conditions at Milntown and it was Langholm who eventually edged the win.
Hawick Harlequins, however, must be kicking themselves for not going for goal on at least two occasions, with one virtually in front of the posts, when they were 7-0 in front.
The visiting supporters just could not believe it, especially with the chance near the posts as the forwards scrummed down with the shouting from the sidelines being of no avail. As it turned out the penalties would not have been enough to give Quins the match.
Quins made a superb start when with only two minutes played they quickly fed along the threequarters and winger Adam Hall outpaced the defence to dash 60 metres for a great try which flyhalf Scott Peffers converted.
Much of the play involved short surges by both packs, kicking for position, and the odd feed out.
Langholm looked dangerous with a three-quarter attack, but what looked like a deliberate visitors knock-on stopped the move and a penalty was awarded. The home team attacked from the lineout and eventually the danger was cleared, but another penalty chance came which Niall Cubbon sent wide of the uprights for Langholm and it was still 0-7 at half time.
Langholm had threatened on a few occasions, and after 52 minutes a superb break by scrum half Jack Pool took play to ten metres from the line, and he fed off to the eagerly supporting Andrew Bell who went over to score and Niall Cubbon converted to make it 7-7.
Quins ignored the chances of going for goal as they pressed in the Langholm 22, and the home side cleared the danger on each occasion.
With eight minutes left the Langholm forwards pressed near the corner and piled over with No8 Steven Nicol getting the try and Cubbon superbly converted from out wide.
Quins flanker Ali Pretswell had to be stretchered off in the closing minutes.