Linden land the points in Shield match

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The Linden were first to exert their authority on the BT Borders Regional Shield game at Wilton Lodge Park as three Kirk Ford penalty kicks put them 9-0 up after 25 minutes.

The Quins then started to turn the tide and, after too many penalties near their own line, Linden’s Craig Smith saw yellow and the home team quickly turned the numerical advantage in their favour when Ross Aitken forced his way over and Adam Hall converted.

The first half ended with the Linden pounding at the Quins line with Ross Armstrong, Graham Colville, Keith Mabon and Barrie Keown all making thrusts which were well defended by the Baker Street side. Finally the defensive lines were broken when Armstrong took a quick tap penalty and Kirk Ford kicked cross field. It looked a well-judged kick but the ball just evaded its intended target of Conor Gracie. The alert Steven Anderson was on hand though to pick up and spin over the line and the Linden led 14-7 at the break.

The Quins started the better in the second half and two Adam Hall penalties reduced the deficit to a single point after 50 minutes. The Linden responded with a drive by Craig Smith from which Armstrong’s kick eluded the Quins full-back and Steven Anderson dived on the ball with Ford converting.

When the Quins’ Dale Johnstone was sin-binned mid-way through the half, the Linden turned up the pressure and used nine minutes of his sentence to turn into points.

They were eventually rewarded when Stuart Hair did well to free his hands in the tackle to offload to Steven Anderson who dived under the posts to complete his hat-trick. Ford added the extras to complete the scoring.