Nicol set to lead Milntown men into the East

STEVEN NICOL will lead Langholm’s rugby side in the forthcoming season and his vice-captain is Niall Cubbon, writes John Smith.

This was the proposal of the players which was accepted at the annual general meeting held in the Eskdale Hotel.

Jake Little had completed his two years as president, but was proposed again, and accepted for another term.

Little will also be director of rugby, with Christopher Grant team manager.

David Scammell will remain as head coach and Garry Brannan is his assistant.

The president said the club had done reasonably well on limited playing numbers and they would now be playing in the East League in the new regional set-up, facing clubs mainly from the Edinburgh area.

The league is made up of 10 clubs, with home and away games, making 18 matches to play. The teams Langholm face are RHC, Linlithgow, Livingston, Berwick, Duns, North Berwick, Portobello, Preston Lodge and Dunbar.

As a result of discussions, Langholm will not play in the Border League, but turn out in the Regional Shield with Berwick, Duns, Gala YM, Earlston, Hawick Harlequins and Hawick Linden, with three matches at home and a similar number away.

The opening league match is against RHC Cougars at Milntown on September 1.

There was warm applause for Joe Donaldson, who retired from the committee after more than 50 years’ service. Others leaving the committee are Chuck Muir and Colin Davidson.

John Ritchie will continue with the Colts, along with Brian Jardine, Robin Masterton, Andrew Johnstone and Les Murray, but anyone willing to help with the forward coaching would be welcome. The Colts sevens are on August 25.

Development officer Iain Park will remain match and fixture secretary, as well as looking after the youth side of things with the various coaches and helpers. The mini section will now be known as the Langholm Lions.

The president was delighted that Catriona Bell and Ann Wood were remaining as secretary and treasurer respectively. Kenneth Donaldson and John Ritchie are the assistant treasurers.

There will be an RBS working force weekend on August 11-12 where the club is looking for a good turnout to get a few jobs done.