Experience wins out over entertainment at Milntown

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East League One table props Duns visited Milntown last Saturday in fine sunny weather, writes John Smith.

About the only thing the home supporters could be pleased with, however, was the victory, because there was not much else to cheer about.

Overall, it was Duns who produced the more exciting rugby and certainly tested the home defence on numerous occasions.

Langholm had to work hard to achieve the win and it was the handful of experienced players left in the ranks that produced the goods.

Flyhalf Niall Cubbon was the general of the home back division and often made ground with neat breaks, but lacked support and his efforts were not capitalised on. No8 Steven Nicol was his usual energetic self and Scott Howatson won useful line-out ball.

Duns held the territorial advantage in the opening 10 minutes, but on their first venture downfield, Langholm secured a penalty which Cubbon slotted between the uprights.Duns made an attacking run to the corner and continued to pile on the pressure and prop Allen Whellens rampaged over with Stuart Thomson adding the conversion.

Good work by the home eight ended with prop Jason Ratcliffe scoring near the corner, Cubbon converting, and it remained 10-7 up to half-time.

Cubbon touched down and converted again after the restart, but although Langholm had a couple of chances to extend the lead, they failed to do so, and the match finished with no further scoring.