Hawick Linden 23
RBS EAST LEAGUE TWO
LINDEN knew nothing less than victory was required to maintain their position as league leaders.
It was Forrester who drew first blood via a converted try and they added a penalty as the Teries’ discipline troughed.
There was worse to follow for the Borderers. Forrester pinned them down with a long-range kick to the visitors’ 22, regained possession and after a forward surge to the Linden line, their prop barged over for a converted try.
Undeterred, the Teries stormed back straight from the restart as Nathan Murray ran in for a great team touchdown.
It was all Hawick for the next five minutes with the Linden forwards giving their counterparts a torrid time. Forrester conceded a penalty and Linden drilled the ball deep into the home 22. From the resulting line-out, Sean Fairbairn won tidy ball and after several surges, Greg Goodfellow crashed over for the try and the score was 17-10 after 33 minutes.
From a line-out, Linden secured possession and it was Terry Skeet who ploughed over for another fine try.
Linden took the lead for the first time after 46 minutes when Stuart Renwick kicked a penalty, but this advantage was short-lived, Forrester replying with a penalty to make the score 20-18.
Hawick freshened their line-up by bringing on Graham Colville and Wattie Davies – and the fresh legs paid dividends after 72 minutes.
Linden gathered a kick, the ball spun out to Greg Thomson, who ran, then drilled it long down the line. The home rearguard was pressured into conceeding a 10-yard scrum. The visiting pack put in a massive effort and Graham Colville was able to pick and drive over to clinch victory.