Linden lack the finishing touch


Hawick Linden13

For the second week in a row, Linden were on the road, this time to Kings Park, and again came away with nothing from a game they contributed to greatly.

The home team put over a penalty and two converted tries in the opening quarter.

Linden fought back with Kirk Ford charging down a kick following a Dalkeith scrum and easily picking up to run in for a touchdown, which he also converted.

With the first half into injury time, a late tackle saw the home right winger sent for a 10-minute break, but Ford hooked the relatively straightforward kick.

After a high tackle at the other end, Dalkeith slotted the penalty to put them 20-7 ahead at the break.

Ford added a couple of penalties for Linden at the start of the second half.

Unfortunately, the Teries couldn’t quite control the game and when Dalkeith went blind from a scrum they managed to squeeze over in the corner.

In the remaining 11 minutes plus injury time Linden tried to get at least one more score, but the game took on a sour note when the referee had little option but to show a straight red card to one of the home centres for a punch on Ryan Beattie.

Linden just could not capitalise on the numbers advantage to secure the losing bonus point their efforts undoubtedly deserved.