Valiant Performance from the 13 Reds after Injuries Take Their Toll
Gala 2nd XV 70 – 0 Linlithgow 2nd XV
2nd XV match report from Craig Young – Saturday 12 January 2019
Linlithgow travelled to Galashiels on Saturday with the bare minimum 15 players to play Gala’s 2n’d team. They also fielded 2 players who hadn’t played for the team before. The setting could not have been better as they got to play on the big pitch in from of the enormous stand. Unfortunately that was the best part of the day as far as Linlithgow were concerned, as they had to play the vast majority of the match with only 13 men, following injuries to 2 of the forwards. That would be tough enough against lesser opposition at home, but against Gala’ second string at Netherdale it became an impossible task. Full credit to the guys for sticking in though.
From the kick off, Gala scored with their first possession, easing the ball out to the left wing and the full back showed great pace to open the scoring. The try was converted. Within 2 minutes Gala had scored another converted try and the game was over as a contest when 2 Linlithgow players had to leave the pitch with injuries – Connall Black with a head knock and Colin McMorrin with a knee injury. Neither player would return. This left a gallant 13 versus a rampant Gala side with at least five 18 year olds and one who has played at Scotland standard. Linlithgow did have a chance to open their account but declined a penalty opportunity in front of the posts and fluffed the scrum so the opportunity was lost as Gala went on to run in a further 4 tries (2 converted) to make the half time score 38-0.
The second half was more of the same as Gala ran in a further 6 tries (one converted). Linlithgow tackled valiantly but the spaces were open and as the Gala backs passed the ball quickly the score increased. In the end the referee blew early as even he could see that some of the remaining 13 Linlithgow players were struggling with injuries.
After the game the Gala representative thanked Linlithgow for coming down as he said there were too many clubs who would have called the game off with the bare resources available.