Lost chances at home for Langholm



Some weak defending and lack of pace in the back line had Langholm under pressure on a number of occasions in last Saturday’s East League Division One clash at Milntown, writes John Smith.

The home side also failed to make use of the wind advantage in the first half when a kicking game could have proved more profitable.

Portobello soon realised they could cause problems when feeding wide, even from defensive positions, and centre Alan McFarlane raced 40 metres down the touchline for the unconverted opener after 14 minutes.

Langholm replied with a penalty goal from flyhalf Nathan Smith.

Play was rather scrappy with numerous stoppages, but a period of pressure from the visitors brought a try from lock Derek Roe after 32 minutes.

Langholm hit back immediately and forward pressure brought a try near the corner for flanker Jordan Reid.

The home side were having trouble to contain the open fast play of the Portobello backs and winger Ali Bain dashed in for a brace of tries, one of which Mott converted and it was 8-22 at half time.

The Milntown men started the second period with a bang and lock Alan Tyler crashed over to score an unconverted try.

Portobello again put their pace to good use and McFarlane scored his second try which Mott converted. Visitors No8 Murray Boyter charged over from a lineout and at this stage Langholm looked in danger of badly wilting. Credit must go to the Milntown men as they battled back and pressed most of the last quarter which brought tries from No8 and skipper Steven Nicol, who was back from injury, and winger Josh Duffy, but Smith missed both difficult conversions. In the closing five minutes Langholm were awarded penalties near the visitors line on two occasions, but the chances were lost and Langholm had to settle for a try bonus point.