Lack of Bench Stymies 2s in the Borders
Gala 2s 35 – 10 Linlithgow 2s
Saturday 26 March 2022
Report by Des Martin
Saturday was a great day for a game of rugby, the sun was shining and conditions looked great for a coach trip to the Borders, or so we thought. The players were waiting but no coach appeared so Stu Young the social organiser had to return his cool box and beers and emergency transport had to be arranged for the trip. Thanks to Andrew Archer, Andrew Graham and Stu Young for taking their cars at the last minute and we all arrived in Gala in time for ample warm up and preparation.
The 15 players with Hamza Arif as substitute and linesman started the game well and put lots of pressure on the Gala line. The Gala team were penalised often for infringing and Gregor Stewart kicked well to touch, unfortunately our line out was not functioning as well as we would like and we had little to show for the pressure apart from one missed penalty. As the half went on the Gala team gained confidence and they scored a good try around the 35 minute mark.
The Reds got to half time 7-0 down and everyone was pleased with the first half performance. Two players had put in outstanding shifts – Freddie Adcock in centre was exceptional in defence and Pooch Tulloch in the back row was carrying consistently strongly.
The Captain and Manager asked for more of the same in the second half and before long a flowing move started in midfield from a scrum saw the ball pass through all the backs hands for Gregor Stewart to slip the ball to Callum Miller who scored a nice try out wide. 7 -5 to Gala.
Everyone hoped more scores would come, but it was Gala who upped their game assisted by tiring legs in the Reds and the impetus gained by their host of replacements. They scored a couple of tries in quick succession, one from a number 8 pick up which took the score to 21-5 to Gala.
The Reds battled on and put together some good passages of play which resulted in a very good try for Freddie Adcock that made the score 21-10 against.
Unfortunately mistakes began to occur as concentration waned due to tired bodies and the Gala team started to use the large wide pitch and strong bench to their advantage. Gala scored two more tries and the final score ended 35-10 to the home team.
Well done to all 16 players for traveling and putting in a good effort although we came off second best. Great second team starting debut for David Ure who didn’t let himself or the team down and to Freddie Adcock who was the man of the match. Cammy Walker got great praise from the Referee for his gutsy performance.
In fact the Manager was proud of everyone’s efforts – lets’ win at Peebles next week!