Character in abundance as Linden come back fighting

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Hawick Linden22


THE match programme asked for the Linden players to respond with character after last week’s record defeat and that’s exactly what they did.

Both teams put the difficult conditions aside to serve up a close encounter which could have gone either way.

Danny Lamb and Kirk Ford swapped early penalties before the former put Duns ahead with a second successful effort.

The Royal Blues struck back and after some excellent build-up play, skipper Shaun Fairbairn romped over. Ford slotted the conversion and followed up with a penalty.

Turning around 13-6 behind, Duns brought the scores level after eight minutes of the second half. A period of pressure by the forwards ended with Colin Tait claiming the try which Lamb converted. The Dingers scrum half then added a penalty goal to put his side back in the lead.

It was a welcome return after injury for the Linden’s Chris Telfer, making his first appearance since September 2012 when he replaced Keith Mabon. He made an immediate impact as his aggressive running led to a penalty which Ford put over to tie the scores once more.

With 10 minutes remaining, Ford kicked his side into a six-point lead with a penalty brace. Duns made great efforts to snatch the win, running a kickable penalty and applying sustained pressure on the Linden line, but a mixture of heroic tackling and spurning an overlap with a forward pass left the Linden celebrating as the full-time whistle blew with no further scoring.