Good Result for 2s Against Strong Forrester Side
Linlithgow 2s 11 – 3 Forrester 2s
Saturday 07 November 2015
A home game for the seconds was welcomed as preparations were taking place afterwards for the annual firework display. The game started in the rain with the pitch in a soggy condition which made handling and good running rugby difficult. From the initial squad some others had made them selves available at the last minute which was very useful as the game progressed.
It looked that the game was going to turn into another dour affair with only a kickable penalty converted by each side. 3-3 at half time. The front row of Toby Binstead, Scott Carter and Steven Grant was well in control of the scrums, which gave the young back row of Drew Sommerville, Duncan McClymont and G Aitcheson the opportunity to show up in the loose.
Robbie Thomson was playing really well at scrum half and Chris Ronalson was trying to push the team forward. Unfortunately most of the action was in the middle of the field despite the efforts of the Walker brothers who had some of their usual abrasive runs.
An enforced change at scrum half where Robbie Thomson had to come off after an injury/knock meant that Chris Ronalson moved to scrum half and James Timlin moved to stand off from centre. This created a new dimension to the play and James started to keep the team in the opposition 22 . From one such occasion when the referee awarded a penalty Chris Ronalson took the opportunity for a free play and dropped a goal. 6-3 to Linlithgow.
The Forrester team was beginning to tire and Ally Walker kept punching forward with strong runs which eventually took there toll. From one such piece of play involving Chris Ronalson and Ally Walker a number of times, Walker powered over to make the score 11-3 to Linlithgow.
The game finished with the Reds in control and with a good result on a wet and muddy bottom pitch. The game also provided the opportunity for the manager to look at some up and coming youngsters and two other new to rugby players, big Drew Kuzma a former ice hockey player who started in second row and Chris McMorrin an ex kayaker who both made promising debuts.