Langholm managed to get 17 players together for the match at Milntown last Saturday, but were no match for a speedy North Berwick side, writes John Smith.
The home team conceded 10 tries, a number of which North Berwick constructed from inside their own half, and the Milntown defence just could not cope.
Langholm created most of their attacks through short surges from the pack, but found it difficult to make ground and rarely threatened the line.
The Langholm forwards were under pressure in the scrum, but when Stuart Graham – back out of retirement to make up the numbers – went on as a replacement he did manage to set up some back row attacks, even when the home eight were on the retreat. Colin Jardine was another who returned to help the home cause, but unfortunately the fly half had to be helped off with a leg injury.
Overall, North Berwick were much the classier outfit and had secured the bonus try by the end of the first quarter, but Langholm got points on the board with a brace of penalties from Jardine.
North Berwick had six tries and two conversions in the first half to make it 6-34 at the break. Langholm never gave up and did well to only concede four second-half tries, of which two were converted.
Although defeated, the main thing is that Langholm managed to get a team on the park, but more injuries have certainly not helped things.