Reds 2s Prove Too Strong for Bannockburn
Bannockburn 14 – 43 Linlithgow
Saturday 8 December 2018
At the last minute (11am on Saturday morning) a fixture was found to replace the cancelled game versus Murrayfield Wanders – Murrayfield being unable to raise a team. Most of the Reds 2s were still available and grateful to play but some had accepted other offers due to the late confirmation of the fixture. The Reds 2s departed to new territory to play Bannockburn, a team that plays in the Midlands League and not one normally on our fixture list. A bit of last minute team rearrangement had to be done and Neil Dori Muir and Hugh Cochrane stepped in as the reserves, with Neil managing to avoid playing by cajoling his big son Cammy into action – which proved useful during the game.
The Reds started down the slope and after a good catch at the kick-off, the backs made good ground with Charles Ackhurst cutting inside and bursting through midfield. A series of plays took the Reds to their opponents’ 22 and from a series of rucks, where Matty Sommerville and others carried well, Stu Young crashed over between the posts for a try converted by Kevin Wilson. 7-0 to the Reds.
A second period of pressure followed and, as a result of a very secure scrum, the ball was passed from Robbie Thomson to Kevin Wilson who made a clean break and was supported on his shoulder by Muzz Murray who went over between the posts for a try converted by Kevin Wilson. 14-0 to the Reds.
The Reds had the measure of this Bannockburn side who had not played for 5 weeks due to call offs by other teams. Robbie Thomson at scrum half passed to Bruno Mochrie who used his strength to break past 2 or 3 men and run for the line scoring wide out, however the conversion was missed. 19-0 to Linlithgow.
The Reds then managed to butcher a number of clear cut chances before half time as the players started to play without the structure that had taken them to a decent lead in the first 30 minutes. Hal;f time came without any additional scores.
After half time the Reds were playing up the slope and The Manager insisted they play in their opponents 22, not their own, by working up the park with penalties for touch and scrums that were being dominated by our front five of Matty Sommerville, Chess Master Gordon, Adam Scott, Connall Black and Cameron Dori-Muir.
From a line out on the 22, Adam Scott took the ball and with a dazzling run scored a try for the Reds. This was converted by Kevin Wilson to give the Reds a 26-0 lead.
Adam Scott was enjoying his game and from the kick-off made a great run up the middle of the field, however he ran out of steam on the 22 before passing to the Chess Master ,who was mangled by a tackler as he received the ball. “Thanks Adam” says the Chess Master!
From the continuing play the Reds ended up near the Bannockburn line and after a series of drives, that were held up by brave defence, eventually the line was breached with Kevin Wilson the stand-off diving over for the Reds. The score was now 31-0 to Linlithgow but Bannockburn scored what some thought was a controversial try by diving through a ruck, but the score stood. 31-7 to the Reds.
The Reds forwards were dominating the exchanges with PJ Singleton and Gus McNab chopping down the big Bannockbun players, thus stopping the attacking team at the source of their plays. From steady work up the park, Cammy Dori-Muir scored two good individual tries which were both converted by Kevin Wilson. The Reds now had 45 points on the board but Bannockburn sneaked another try at the end as the Reds felt the game was won.
This Reds Seconds put in a good performance against this gutsy and enthusiastic Bannockburn side who were very determined to the end. Their President offered to come over to Linlithgow for a return fixture as soon as could be arranged.