Linden make case for their defence against Milntown men

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The hosts got off to a flier in their East League game at the Volunteer Park with a try in only the third minute of the match, writes Gary Alexander.

All in all, it was a great effort by both teams in the heavy conditions, but while the Linden will be happy with their defending, Langholm must be ruing periods of pressure which they couldn’t turn into points.

Conor Gracie began the Linden assault by running in at the corner, following some good handling by the home backs in the opening five minutes, followed by an individual effort from captain Graham Colville which was converted by Kirk Ford.

The Milntown men worked their way into the Linden 22 following a fine run by Alasdair Cavers and several controlled phases later an inside pass to Steven Nicol saw the visitors’ captain drive over for their only try of the match.

A deliberate knock-on allowed Ford to stretch the lead with a penalty goal and with time almost up in the first period, Phil MacTaggart was on-hand to pick up a spilled ball and fall over the line for the easiest of touchdowns, making it 20-5 at the break.

After two squint feeds and a couple of penalties against the Linden, Ross Armstrong was shown a yellow card, but Langholm were unable to take advantage of the extra man.

Midway through the second half, the Royal Blues secured the try bonus point through Steven Anderson who also scored the final try of the game late on. Ford converted both second-half tries. More from Linden on page 73.