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Linlithgow 15

Langholm 17

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

Due to unavailability, and an ever-increasing injury list which has seen first-team regulars sidelined, it was a much-changed team that headed for Linlithgow last Saturday, writes John Smith.

However, against all the odds, Langholm came from 12-0 down at half-time to pull off a narrow but deserved victory to the delight of head coach Davie Scammell.

Langholm started strongly, but against the run of play, Linlithgow opened the scoring despite a good tackle by Langholm scrum-half David Irving.

Just at the end of the first quarter, the home side stretched their lead when a penalty was kicked into the corner and from the resultant line-out, they eventually scored utilising a driving maul.

At the restart Langholm were playing uphill but it was a very determined side which attacked the home line and forced them to make several last-ditch tackles.

Linlithgow got back downfield and were awarded a penalty which they slotted between the upright to make it 15-0.

In reply, Niall Cubbon kicked a penalty for position and from the lineout the forwards took play deep into home territory. Continued pressure ended with Cubbon charging through to score a try which he also converted from out near the touchline to make it 15-7.

Then, from a line-out, Langholm made another attack and eventually Irving broke from the back of a ruck to nip between two defenders to touch down next to the posts and Cubbon added the simple conversion.

Trailing by a point, Langholm went looking for the winner and did not have to wait long when Linlithgow were penalised for holding on in the tackle on the 22 and in front of the posts.

Cubbon stepped up to slot the kick and Langholm were in front for the first time and held out to the finish.

Langholm: C. Jardine; L. Maxwell, L. Miller (Hen), J. Reid, A. Tyler; N. Cubbon, D. Irving; J. Ratcliffe, S. Devlin, C. Little, J. McVittie, J. Ashton-Smith, R. Taylor, L. Miller, Stuart Graham. Sub: C. Grant.