NATIONAL DIVISION ONE
JOHN SMITH reports from the Castleholm
THE match was switched from a frozen Milntown to the Castleholm pitch and Langholm grabbed a thrilling late win after at one stage trailing 20-0.
Coach David Scammell was delighted with the team spirit and commitment shown by the side after such a disastrous start.
Ellon were really fired up in the early exchanges and set up good handling attacks which brought a penalty chance which Ryan slotted, before winger Cruikshank swept past several defenders for a try which Ryan converted. Another Ryan penalty, then try from scrum half Patterson, which the former converted, made it 0-20 with 23 minutes played.
Then Langholm found themselves in the visitors’ 22. A penalty was awarded and Keith Davidson took a quick tap then moved the ball to Colin Jardine, who fed a dummy before racing in to score and Niall Cubbon converted.
Cubbon initiated a home attack with a strong run up the middle, which also involved winger Alasdair Cavers and ended with Davidson getting the touchdown.
Into the second half, a great solo run by Cavers was converted by Cubbon. Ellon quickly responded with a try from flanker Douglas which Ryan again converted.
Langholm were now playing with real spirit and commitment and David Irving took a quick tap penalty and darted in for a try which Cubbon converted. Then home skipper Jardine swept into the line for a fine try and the home side were in front.
Ellon quickly retaliated with a try and conversion from centre Ryan, before Cubbon kicked a home penalty to bring the scores level. With four minutes remaining the same player landed another successful kick for victory.
Langholm: C. Jardine; T. Pringle, M. Rose, N. Cubbon, A. Cavers; K. Davidson, D. Irving; E. MacLean, R. Anderson, C. Little, S. Nicol, J. Ashton-Smith, S. Howatson, J. Reid, S. Graham. Subs: B. Lamb, L. Miller, R. Mackay.