YM win, but find going tough

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Langholm 12

Hawick YM 16

RBS NATIONAL ONE

STUART CAMERON reports from Milntown

Hawick YM picked up where they left off last season with another league win – this time in the National League following their promotion when they won 22 out of 22 games.

But this game could have gone either way, with YM conceding plenty of penalties and Langholm having an opportunity right at the end to win the game, only for a dropped pass in injury time to deny the Muckle Toon.

The weather changed from heavy rain to bright sunshine throughout the 80 minutes and the expected high score didn’t materialise.

It was YM who were the winners as far as territory and possession were concerned, but Langholm’s defence was sound and they perfected the art of slowing the game down, which frustrated their opponents’ open style of play.

That frustration led to penalties against the Hawick side and Niall Cubbon’s boot landed four kickable efforts to punish the visitors.

Had he kicked the other two, Langholm would have won this game. Ali Weir was on target for YM with a conversion of Stephen Hill’s try – the only one of the match – and three penalties.

“This was a game where the better team won,” said Langholm captain Cubbon after the match. “YM were hungrier for it and it’s no good us stopping them from scoring and then not crossing the line ourselves.”

YM skipper Hill added: “We weren’t at our best this afternoon and there’s plenty of work to do, but a win is a win and we’ll take it.”

z Stuart Cameron will be in New Zealand next week for the World Cup – read his preview of Scotland’s first two games against Romania and Georgia in next week’s Southern.