Unhappy seaside trip

Dunbar 38

Langholm 8

RBS EAST LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Langholm have made a drastic start to their season, in a league which on paper looked easier than that previous, writes John Smith.

The Milntown men will need to get back on song quickly, but again the main problem is lack of playing numbers, with several already on the injured list, and two forwards had to turn out in the backs on Saturday.

Sunny weather and a dry pitch looked promising for good, open play and Langholm started well and gained a penalty chance after only six minutes.

Unfortunately, Niall Cubbon was off target, but made amends with a successful kick a few minutes later.

The game became scrappy with the home side guilty of slowing things at the break-down, and numerous penalties were dished out, but unfortunately for Langholm, not within kicking distance.

Dunbar capitalised on weak Langholm tackling in the second quarter and ran in three soft tries, all of which were converted, and this plus a penalty made it 24-3 at half-time.

Langholm became frustrated as their momentum was thwarted by the home forwards infringing and the referee eventually lost patience and sent the Dunbar hooker to the sin-bin.

The Muckle Toon side failed to capitalise on the extra man, with wrong options, and poor passing and handling.

More weak defending by Langholm allowed Dunbar in for another two converted tries.

Tempers flared and punches were thrown, and a home player was red-carded for a head butt.

Langholm secured a late try when centre Cubbon crashed over, but missed the conversion.