Linden leave it late – very late – but grab all the points in home thriller

Hawick Linden 37

Forrester 34


VOLUNTEER Park was the place to be on Saturday for excitement, tries and drama, culminating in arguably the most incredible end to a game.

Linden were first to score when Chris Telfer went over in the corner.

Forrester responded with a period of pressure which ended in their tight head strolling over for the equaliser.

A short ball from a ruck on the Forrester 10m line was spilled and Gavin Stirling picked up the loose ball to sprint in at the posts for Steven Beattie to convert.

Three minutes later, Forrester were on the attack, but once more they dropped ball and Nathan Murray hacked on from his own 22 all the way to the visiting line to put Linden further ahead.

Forrester kicked a penalty before the Royal Blues secured the try bonus point. From a strong Linden scrum, Josh Farmer gave a double dummy, a wide ball to Steven Beattie and the winger scorched over and added the extras to put the home side in command at 24-8.

However, in first-half injury time, Forrester’s blindside flanker took a short ball and went through a gap to score at the posts.

The conversion reduced Linden’s lead to nine points at the break.

Soon after the turnround, the Edinburgh side scored from a line-out catch and drive.

Although Stirling kicked a penalty, Forrester had taken a grip of the game and from a scrum they went blind for their winger to score.

The conversion brought the scores level at 27-27.

Then, with only a minute of normal time left, Forrester went over for a converted try at the posts for what appeared to be the winning score.

Unbelievably, the game was far from over. Linden showed great composure and after a number of penalties Nathan Murray crossed in the corner.

Steven Beattie had a kick from the touchline to tie the game, but it fell short.

However, at least one Forrester player had shouted out during Beattie’s run-up and the referee ordered a retake. Dissent from the visitors saw a penalty awarded and once more Linden went through phases and when another was awarded near the line, Stirling took a quick tap and sneaked over for the match-winning score, the clock showing 13 minutes of extra time played.

Hawick Linden: N. Murray; S. Beattie, G. Stirling, G. Richardson, M. Megahy; J. Farmer, L. Farmer; K. Mabon, C. Telfer, T. Skeet, B. Willison, J. Scott, C. Mitchell, G. Cunningham, G. Colville. Subs; J. Tait, S. Renwick, T. Anderson.