Edgy win for Langholm

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Langholm 24

Annan 12


LANGHOLM opened their season with a four-try win over Annan in a friendly at Milntown, writes John Smith.

The visitors, who are now in West Regional League division one, proved to be stuffy opposition and Langholm had to work hard for success.

The match was played over three periods to enable the coaches to make a series of changes and give all the players valuable game time.

Home fly half Keith Davidson took a knock to the thigh in the early stages and had to leave the field with captain Niall Cubbon moving in from centre.

Langholm turned over ruck ball in their own 22 and possession was fed to winger Richard Mackay who took play near the Annan line, then fed off to hooker Stephen Devlin, who secured a good try. Cubbon failed to convert.

The Annan pack powered over the home line to level the scores through Carpenter, with the conversion missed.

A simple catch and drive by the visitors from a line-out saw Warwick crash over to score and the conversion made it 5-12.

A number of surges by the home forwards ended with powerful No.8 Steven Nicol surging over to score. Cubbon converted to make it all square at 12-12.

A kick and chase by home winger Alasdair Cavers and a fortuitous bounce brought him a try, but the conversion attempt by Cubbon rebounded from the upright.

The hosts produced continuous attacks in the final period and eventually scrum half Murray Rose went over to score from close range, and Cubbon converted.

Langholm head coach Davie Scammell was pleased with the way the team performed and said there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game.