Linden find the going tough as they return to action after 7 weeks

Preston Lodge 37

Hawick Linden 6

NATIONAL DIVISION THREE

LINDEN travelled to Pennypit Park for their first game for almost eight weeks.

Facing a stiff wind on a soft pitch and up against a big pack, this was always going to be a hard task. So it turned out.

The hosts’ first try came from a harsh penalty decision at the rear of a scrum, allowing Preston Lodge to set up a line-out close to Linden’s try-line, the home side rumbling over for seven points.

A good period of pressure saw the Teries reply with a Liam Lawrence penalty. But two similar awards by the referee saw Preston Lodge stretch their lead, which increased again with a well-worked try just on the break.

Though 18-3 down at the turnaround, Linden had put up a spirited first-half display and suffered from some dubious refereeing decisions.

In the second half, however, they certainly had no cause to complain and after a brief flurry on the home sideline Preston Lodge’s forwards took over and that was the end of the game for Linden as it became, at times, a case of backs against the wall.

The ball up the jumper and roll-on became a most effective way of controlling the game, but most depressing for those seeking entertaining rugby.

A drop goal from 40m out was the highlight of Linden’s second half.

Hawick Linden: M. Graham; S. Bouglas, L. Lawrence, C. Murray, L. Robson; S. Renwick, S. Campbell; G. Wardle, J. Tait, K. Mabon, B. Keown, R. Beattie, G. Cunningham, C. Smith, W. Davies. Subs: S. Harkness, R. Stitt, B. Wear.