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LANGHOLM produced a positive first half performance in excellent playing conditions at Milntown last Saturday, writes John Smith.

And with the forwards paving the way they thoroughly deserved to be in front by 13-12 at the interval.

The more the match progressed, errors began to appear in the home performance and a struggle to contain the speed of the North Berwick attack allowed the visitors to capitalise.

North Berwick went ahead after five minutes when centre Gus Elder dashed in at the posts for a try which Liam West converted.

Langholm fly half Niall Cubbon missed two penalty chances, either side of a successful kick.

On only their third venture into the home 22 the visitors scored again when Connor Johnson raced in at the corner.

Langholm responded and from good ruck ball Jack Pool slipped a perfect reverse pass to Cubbon who swept in to score and convert before kicking a superb 45-metre penalty to put Langholm in front for the first time.

Tiredness began to creep in to Langholm’s play after the break and a failed clearance allowed the visitors to come on the counter and winger Kyle Hamilton went over near the corner.

Replacement hooker Bhrian Buchanan then burst the defence to score a try.

Another handling attack by the North Berwick backs led to a try by winger Jamie Armstrong and then Sanderson got on the score sheet to make it 13-32 with seven minutes remaining.

The hard-working Milntown pack made a number of drives at the line and eventually prop Stevie Jardine powered over for a try which Cubbon converted for far out before the final whistle.