2s v Edinburgh Northern (Oct 17)

Reds 2s Continue on a Roll Blanking Opponents Seven Tries to Nil
– Debut Try for Musical Star

Linlithgow 39 – 0 Edinburgh Northern

Saturday 07 October 2017

Edinburgh Northern came to Mains Park on a beautiful autumn day. Hopes were high for a good game of running rugby  and the game started well with everyone working hard. Andrew “Paws” Whitelaw back from a long layoff with injury was leading the team from standoff. Andrew, who is a development officer at Linlithgow Rugby Club, was ideal at standoff as this team has many young and inexperienced players who would benefit from his guidance on the park.

The game developed with Ally Walker and Connall Black featuring in the early exchanges but unfortunately the Reds were struggling to get scores. Pressure did lead to a scrum on the Edinburgh Northern 22 yard line from which Kieran Cochrane picked up and passed to “Paws” Whitelaw who dummied and strode in below the posts for the first score converted by Cammy Walker, 7-0 to the Reds.

The team started to play better and Connall Black made a good break which breached the Edinburgh Northern lines and PJ Singleton backed up well to carry the ball to the Northern 22. A despairing high tackle by the defender on PJ Singleton resulted in a penalty try for the Reds. 14-0 to Linlithgow.

Another good piece of play resulted in Ally Walker passing to Guy Sutherland who dived in for his first senior score. 19-0. Guy can now rest on his rugby laurels for a week or so as he has an important part in the local musical production of “Kiss Me Kate” (tickets from Claire). Good luck from the team for his musical debut!

The Reds started to play with more cohesion and “Paws” Whitelaw brought off a very accurate kick pass which was well fielded by Cammy Walker to touch down, score 24-0 to the Reds at half time.

The second half started well and Duncan McClymont finished off a good move by all the forwards with Steven Grant, Connall Black and PJ Singleton featuring in particular. 29-0 to the Reds 2s. The backs then featured with Ally Walker passing to his brother and ‘try machine’ Cammy Walker who then took on his opposite number chipped the ball cleverly over the full back and touched down. 34-0

The forwards with Steven Grant to the fore attacked again and Kieran Cochrane scored another try. 39-0.

By now the Edinburgh Northern team were losing interest in playing as they were now well beaten with the score 39-0 and some of them wanted to stop. The referee indicated that the game should come to an end somewhat prematurely and although the Reds team were unhappy the game stopped early with Reds 2s comfortable winners. Roll on next week as the 2s are up for another big game.

Des Martin
Team Manager