NATIONAL DIVISION ONE
JOHN SMITH reports from Milntown
LANGHOLM had to work extremely hard for this win, and deserved to secure the league points.
The Milntown men started strongly, with surging runs from the pack, and Dunfermline forfeited a penalty which skipper Niall Cubbon slotted from 27m.
The hosts continued to press and a good handling attack by the backs ended with Cubbon sweeping in for a try, which he also converted.
The Fifers reached the home half for the first time with 10 minutes gone, but Langholm were soon back upfield.
Scrum-half David Irving caught everyone napping with a quick tap-penalty and his dash to the line produced a great individual try, which Cubbon converted.
Most of the second quarter saw Langholm confined to a defensive role. Dunfermline had two penalty chances in quick succession in front of the home posts, but opted for the scrum on both occasions and eventually the danger was cleared.
The interval arrived with the score still at 17-0.
Dunfermline made an early attack after the break and fly half Gregor McNeish sent a kick to the corner and right-winger Josh Harris was up to dive over and score.
Forward pressure from the visitors, then quick feed along the line, ended with centre Scott Gracie racing in on the overlap for an easy try which McNeish converted.
So, with 17 minutes remaining, Dunfermline were only five points behind and looking dangerous.
Jardine missed a penalty for Langholm and both sides had their moments, but there was no further scoring.
Langholm: C. Jardine; A. Cavers, N. Cully, N. Cubbon, R. Mackay; K. Davidson, D. Irving; J. Ratcliffe, S. Devlin, C. Little, A. Tyler, S. Nicol, J. Reid, L. Miller, S. Graham. Subs: S. Howatson, M. Rose.