Forrester hit 50 despite Linden playing well

Forrester 50

Hawick Linden 6

Showing six changes from last week’s trip to Linlithgow, the prospects did not look good again for Linden as they travelled to Edinburgh.

The visitors were caught out by a neat chip to the corner in the 14th minute and the home winger won the race for the touchdown. The Royal Blues responded well with some thundering charges by skipper Gary Wardle and two Steven Beattie penalty goals put Linden 6-5 ahead after 24 minutes.

Just before the half-hour mark came the crucial interception as Linden tried to play their way out from deep and the Forrester stand-off read the situation to stroll over and convert.

As half-time approached, Forrester scored a lovely converted touchdown through their full-back.

Then, deep into injury time, with Ryan Beattie receiving treatment, the remaining seven forwards couldn’t contain a controlled line-out drive and the try took the Forrester lead to 24-6 at the break.

Two second-half tries for Forrester, both resulting from good line-out play, stretched the score to 34-6.

Linden then had a long period of pressure in the home 22, but they just couldn’t break down a stonewall defence.

Teries’ full-back Steven Beattie tackled a player without the ball, leading to a penalty try and red card.

And a further seven-pointer followed with the game well into injury time to bring up a half-century for the home team.

In the end a well-deserved victory for Forrester, but a tough final scoreline for Linden.