Reds 2s Second Best in Entertaining High Scoring Match but Claim Try Bonus Point!
Preston Lodge 2s 61 – 29 Linlithgow 2s
Saturday 26 September 2015
On Tuesday after selection the team was far from complete, but with a bit of effort from the coaches and manager we managed to send eighteen players to Preston Lodge.
The manager on route to the game was still considering his best permutations from the players available as we were short in the front row.
The players all arrived eventually at Meadowmill Sports Centre after various diversions around Tranent and Preston Pans (it was the day of the demolition of the two stacks at the old Cockenzie Power Station and many local roads were shut) and a combative young team of players took the field.
Preston Lodge were quick to set out their game plan which was to use the experienced and older forwards to draw in the young Linlithgow pack and then release the live wire scrum half who used his large centre to good effect. Linlithgow players at this stage were settling down and the opposition scored a couple of quick tries but Jeff Martin at standoff made a lovely break from the half way line ran towards the 22 and Aaron Flucker popped up inside to score a nice try. (Score 21-7 against Linlithgow).
From the kick off Steve Grant caught the ball cleanly and Robbie Thomson spun a nice pass to Jeff Martin at standoff who launched a nice spiral kick to touch. From the resultant line out a penalty was awarded, a quick tap was taken by Martin who then passed to Fraser Bruno Mochrie and a second try was scored (21-12 against).
Linlithgow had a bit more belief now and although Preston Lodge were adding regularly to the score board Ross Myles playing at centre chipped a nice ball to Ruari McAdam who caught it at speed and touched down. Score 26-17 against, but we were scoring tries.
The score kept creeping up against Linlithgow but the lads were tackling manfully around the ankles of the opposition. The PL team were very good at the offload and support game. It was noticeable that the PL players had been in teams at a higher level as this was apparent in their style of play. Linlithgow rallied and scored a nice try from Stevie Grant who rolled over after brushing off a few tackles from the opposition. (36-24 against)
The Reds finished their scoring with a nice move through the back line to Ali Walker on leave from the army who showed that his skills and aggression were still there after his absence of a few years. Ali took the ball brushed off and rounded his opposition winger cut inside the full back and sprinted to the line to touch down.
This was an exciting game with good performances from many including Walker, Grant, Myles, Martin and Black worthy of mentions for their efforts. Unfortunately the score ended up 61-29 for Preston Lodge but we did score 5 tries in this exciting game.