EVEN calling in the Army couldn’t help Linden to victory against Langholm.
The Royal Blues’ Craig Mitchell had recruited from among his regimental colleagues, with Nathan Mather, Samisoni Rakabu and Josataki Wakolo making their Linden debuts.
The two Fijians were straight into the action with some storming runs and big hits, while not to be outdone, Mather got in on the act with the first try after 12 minutes, Stuart Renwick adding the extras.
After the home team’s great start the Milntown men began to gain more of the ball. Niall Cubbon stroked over a penalty goal before sneaking through a gap to go under the sticks and add the conversion.
Renwick slotted a simple penalty to draw the scores level, but just before the break a similar effort from Cubbon put the visitors 13-10 ahead at the interval.
Just after the restart Langholm’s Stuart Graham was binned for killing the ball and a quick tap by Rakabu sent supporting skipper Shaun Fairbairn over and once more the home team were ahead.
Langholm struck back with fervour. First Cubbon edged his team ahead with a penalty before constant pressure on the Linden line saw the home defence run out of numbers and Stuart Graham squeezed over in the corner.
With time running out, Cubbon kicked his fourth penalty to deny Linden even a losing bonus point which they probably deserved.