Langholm round off season with loss

Linlithgow 21

Langholm 17

RBS East League One

LANGHOLM struggled to get a team together for the trip to Linlithgow for the final match of the season, which was of no importance, writes John Smith.

The Milntown men held their own in the line-out and had the edge in the scrums, but it was a bit of a lottery at the breakdown.

Playing against a strong wind in the opening half, they went in front when winger Ricky Kiore crossed for a good touchdown.

With the home support in good voice, Linlithgow secured a couple of converted tries to lead 14-5 at half-time.

At the restart a kick and chase by Linlithgow saw Langholm flanker Steven Nicol get back to cover the danger and looked to have touched down, but the referee – although fully 35m away – thought otherwise and awarded a home try which was converted.

Langholm replied when the ball was fed from a scrum to full back Keith Davidson and the Muckle Toon trailed by just four points when hooker Stephen Devlin went over in the corner for a great touchdown after splendid interpassing between himself and Nicol, and Niall Cubbon sweetly converted.

However, they had to settle for a losing bonus point in what was possibly the last match for number 8 Stuart Graham, who was captain for the day.

Langholm: K. Davidson; R. Kiore, N. Cully, C. Hislop, R. Mackay; N. Cubbon, D. Irving; J. Ratcliffe, S. Devlin, S. Jardine, D. Nordon, J. Ashton-Smith, S. Kitching, S. Nicol, S. Graham. Substitute: J. Reid.