Langholm were a bit unfortunate not to secure what would have been a valuable win at Milntown last Saturday when they lost out to a penalty goal in injury time, writes John Smith.
Having been deducted two points for failing to get a team together a few weeks ago for the away trip to Berwick, the Milntown men are now in the relegation zone on five points. Linlithgow are in fourth with 19 points, yet Langholm were every bit as good as the visitors until the last penalty.
Langholm again struggled for numbers and only had a squad of 16, while No8 Eddie Turner had a back injury, which ultimately saw him retire.
Much of the play was confined to the forwards as the packs battled for ascendancy and the ball was only occasionally fed along the line.
With 19 minutes played, home fly half Nathan Smith was on target with a penalty goal before Ross Martin kicked a similar effort for Linlithgow. With 34 minutes on the clock, Smith kicked another fine penalty to put Langholm in front 6-3 at half-time.
Five minutes into the second period, the Milntown forwards piled pressure on the visitors’ line, with Craig Hislop hassling the opposition scrum half, who lost possession, allowing Langholm flanker Scott Howatson to gather, stretch over and score. Within three minutes, Linlithgow had swept upfield and centre Mark Green broke through the defence for a try which Martin converted to make it 11-10.
Two minutes into injury time, a penalty went against Langholm for handling in a ruck inside their 22 and, much to the delight of the visiting support, Martin slotted between the posts for the winner and Langholm had to be content with a losing bonus point.