Mighty Quins hold off last-ditch attack by local rivals Linden

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Linden returned to league duty on Saturday and made the short journey to Wilton Lodge Park to play local rivals Hawick Harlequins.

Dominating territory and causing the Linden scrum all kinds of problems saw Quins gaining an early advantage, with Scott Peffers slotting two penalties.

After 30 minutes, Linden had conceded a further two penalties and Peffers kicked the Quins to a 12-0 lead.

Worse to follow for Linden when stand-off Kirk Ford was yellow carded. Down to 14 men, however, the visitors finally got into the game and after a good break by Stuart Williams they were awarded a penalty which Shaun Fairbairn slotted to make the half-time score 12-3 to the Quins.

Keeping up the momentum in the second half, Linden managed to pin the hosts in their own half and, on 50 minutes, scored a try when Stuart Williams sidestepped the home defence and crashed over to the right of the posts.

Kirk Ford converted and Linden were back in the game.Straight from the restart, though, they coughed up another penalty and again Peffers kicked the points to increase the lead.

Disaster struck again when Linden winger Sean Potts suffered a serious injury and the match was halted so that he could be attended to.

After consultation with the referee the teams agreed to restart the match on the next pitch but, despite throwing everything they had at the Quins tryline, Linden were held off by their hosts to the final whistle.