Pointless wandering at Milntown for city side

Langholm 17

Murrayfield Wanderers 0

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

JOHN SMITH reports from Milntown

Langholm settled quickly into what were difficult conditions of wind and rain and a muddy pitch to run out with a convincing win.

The Milntown men had Steven Nicol back from long-term injury and also Jordan Reid on the bench after suspension.

Facing the strong wind in the first half, Langholm were more confined to a defensive role, but held out well and only forfeited two kickable penalties, both of which Wanderers scrum-half Murray Johnstone missed.

The interval arrived with a blank scoreline and one felt that if Langholm could get reasonable possession and make more use of the wind, there was a good chance of success.

With 45 minutes played, a handling error in midfield by the visitors was capitalised on by Alasdair Cavers, who hacked on upfield and continued to kick and chase to win the race over the line to score.

Home fly-half Keith Davidson kept Wanderers hemmed back in defence with good positional kicking, while Niall Cubbon was stopped just short with a powerful run.

Pressure continued and a forward surge ended with Nicol going over to score and convert.

The visitors were finding it difficult to get a foothold in the Langholm half and with 68 minutes played, the Milntown men stretched the lead with a sublime blindside run and try from Davidson.

Langholm: C. Jardine; T. Pringle, M. Rose, N. Cubbon, A. Cavers; K. Davidson, D. Irving; E. MacLean, R. Anderson, S. Jardine, J. Ashton-Smith, S. Nicol, S. Howatson, L. Miller, S. Graham. Subs used: J. Reid, J. Pool and B. Lamb.