Hawick Linden 17-20 Dunbar

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After their difficulties of the past few weeks the Linden were a team transformed on Saturday and put in their best performance of the season.

On possession and field position they probably deserved their first win of the campaign but it was not to be as a lack of composure resulted in too many chances slipping away.

Shaun Fairbairn made a superb early break but alas his scoring pass was adjudged forward and, from looking certain to take the lead, the Royal Blues went behind after five minutes when Dunbar’s John Peebles touched down.

Worse was to follow, an interception by the visitors in their own 22 allowed field position to be gained and a nice inside ball put Sandy Thomson under the posts. Ross Charlton converted and the home team and their supporters were left wondering how their side was 12-0 down.

They finally got themselves on the scoreboard after 17 minutes when, from a tap penalty, Fairbairn managed to twist in the tackle to touch the ball down. Peter Drysdale then burst through a gap to score at the posts but, such is their luck this season, the referee had whistled a fraction beforehand to give a penalty.

A score wasn’t delayed for long though. Linden opted for a scrum from the penalty and, following a good passage of play, John Frew put Rory Graham over in the corner and the hosts went into the break 12-10 down.

Early in the second period Dunbar stretched their lead when Peebles crossed in the corner for his second try of the game.

Again Linden responded and following a number of thrusts Kevin Brown forced his way over at the posts with Kieran Murphy’s conversion tieing the scores.

On 67 minutes the Linden infringed at the breakdown and Charlton stepped up to calmly slot the winning penalty.

Before the game a minutes silence was observed for Linden legend Ronnie Nichol, surely the best uncapped player to ever play for the club.