Home win bonus for Langholm



Langholm gained their first league win of the season at Milntown last Saturday and also secured the extra try bonus point, writes John Smith.

The lead changed hands a number of times and there was not much between the sides, but the Milntown men held more of the territorial advantage in the second half.

Langholm started strongly and pressure brought rewards with a penalty goal by teenage fly half Nathan Smith.

Duns hit back straight from the restart when fly half Toby Culham swept in to score and then added the extras.

With 20 minutes on the clock, home No8 Eddie Turner burst through several defenders to score from short range. Smith missed the difficult conversion, but was on target with a penalty after 29 minutes to extend the Langholm lead.

Duns piled pressure on the home line and were held at bay on several occasions, but eventually were awarded a penalty which Culham slotted between the sticks to make it 11-10 at half-time.

Langholm were in the visitors’ half for much of the third quarter and winger Adam Roe dashed 40 metres for a try in the corner.

Duns went in front after 63 minutes when a good handling attack ended with Patrick Watson sweeping in, and Culham converted before slotting a penalty goal to extend the visitor’s lead.

Langholm came back strongly in the last 15 minutes and veteran prop Stevie Jardine charged down the touchline to score an unconverted try. Then Jack Pool, who had moved to scrum half, dived over after forward pressure for a try and Smith sealed things with the conversion.

It was a good effort in defeat from Duns considering they had a number of regulars missing, but Langholm have their own problems with player numbers and were pleased to secure the points with a rewarding win after being unable to field a team the previous week.