Ross High 23-14 Langholm

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ROSS HIGH 23

LANGHOLM 14

Langholm appeared a bit rusty after several weeks without any action due to both the Rugby World Cup and a gap in the East League Two fixtures.

In a match where there was little to choose between the sides the Milntown men were a bit unfortunate to not only suffer defeat but not even getting a losing bonus point.

Langholm were on the receiving end of numerous penalties against them, especially in the second half, which in the end proved costly and the Ross High win moves them up to second in the table.

Langholm played down the gradient in the first half and in the conditions of a strong wind blowing across the pitch they possibly tried to play too much handling rugby, when it might have been better to kick for position to move the big home forwards about more.

Ross High opened the scoring with a converted try from McCall and increased their lead when Hood kicked a penalty.

Niall Cubbon missed three difficult penalty efforts for Langholm, but the gusty wind did not help matters.

Langholm captain Steven Nicol was back in action after injury and went over for a try which Martin Chisholm converted to narrow the gap to 10-7.

Evans scored a converted try for Ross High before half time.

Early in the second half good work by the Langholm pack resulted in a try from Jaimie Ashton-Smith which Chisholm converted to make it 17-14.

The only points of the second half came from two penalties by Ross High which wrapped things up.

•Langholm Academy U16s got of to a great start in the D&G Conference League running out 49-0 winners against Annan Academy. With Annan turning up with 12 players, Langholm Academy’s squad of 25 players were able to help out by giving Annan players to make them up to XV, and in doing so enabling more boys some game time.