With three wins in their last four games, the only defeat being a narrow one to high-flying Berwick, hopes should have been high for Linden’s trip to Mains Park, writes Gary Alexander.
However, some changes from the week before took the edge off such hopes to create some concern for the Linden faithful.
Such concerns came to fruition when the visitors were slow out of the blocks and some weak tackling contributed to two tries in the first five minutes for the home team. A third was to follow soon after, before Linden finally put themselves on the scoreboard with a Kirk Ford penalty to reduce the leeway to 3-17. It was a significant kick for the 19-year-old as it took him past the 100-point mark for the season.
Linlithgow clinched the bonus-point touchdown with a converted try after 31 minutes, to which Ford replied with his second penalty goal. A soft try by the home scrum half left the Volunteer Park side trailing 6-29 at half-time.
The Royal Blues started to play better after the turn around and were rewarded for some pressure when Aaron Hume touched down. They continued to play well for just over half-an-hour of the second period, with much of the play in their opponents’ half.
However, the final few minutes were a disaster for the visitors as Linlithgow ran in three tries under the posts, all of which were converted.
The late scores meant a cruel final scoreline for Linden, but they can certainly take encouragement from their efforts in the second period.