2s v Lasswade (Oct19)

Reds 2s Hold On for Good Win

Linlithgow 2s  23 – 19  Lasswade 2s

Saturday 26 October 2019

Match report by Des Martin

It was  a bright and brisk day and Linlithgow kicked off down the slope with Chris Ronalson taking on the role of captain for the afternoon. As seems to be the norm there were quite a few changes from the previous weeks team,  Jamie Finlayson, ex Aberdeen Grammar, coming into the centre to partner Chris Bredin and Hasan Ilter returning to the front row after his torn achilles tendon injury.

Hasan got himself involved in the early stages and a penalty was awarded to Linlithgow from a loose ruck and the ball was kicked down the park. From the lineout Duncan McClymont caught the ball and it was passed along the backs in a good move. Kye Lenders came into the line at a nice angle and made thirty yards. The ball came out quickly from the ruck and Matty Sommerville trundled forward. Another penalty was awarded and Chris Ronalson converted to make it 3-0 to the Reds.

The new man Jamie Finlayson was showing up well in the centre and from a good run where the ball was carried on by Stu Young another penalty was awarded. Chris Ronalson again converted and the score was 6-0 to the Reds who were trying to play the rugby despite the spoiling tactics from Lasswade.

The Lasswade team with a few older and experienced heads were getting away with a number of infringements which made it very difficult for Robbie Thomson to get clean ball away from the rucks and mauls. From a srummage or melee, not a rugby activity, Duncan McClymont skipped out with the ball in hand and made a nice side step round the full back to score.  11-0  at half time and the Reds were playing up the hill towards the Clubhouse and Lasswade had the setting sun in their eyes for the second half.

Both sides had made changes at half time and Linlithgow brought Sam Buckley on at prop, George Carmichael on at scrum half and Guy Sutherland and Rory McAdam at wing and full back respectively.  However, it was the Lasswade substitute winger who made the first impact by skipping round a number of Linlithgow players and scoring underneath the posts for a converted try for Lasswade.  Suddenly the score was 11-7 and Lasswade had their tails up.

However the Reds stuck to the task and after some good carries from the forwards, with Adam Scott and Stu Young to the fore, Cammy Walker sprinted from the ten yard line to score in trademark fashion beneath the posts! Chris Ronalson’s conversion made it 18-7 to the Reds, but Lasswade retaliated straight away and, from some loose play and lack of concentration by the Reds, Lasswade scored again. At 18-14 to the Reds, Lasswade scented an opportunity to win the game.

The Reds kicked off and chased well, the ball was kept in the Lasswade 22 for a period of time and eventually Ally Walker blasted through to score near the posts, but the conversion was missed leaving the score 23-14 to the home side.  

At this time it was imperative that the Reds did not let Lasswade back into the Reds’ half. However, tempers began to boil over, and several players from both sides were fortunate to remain on the pitch. Ally Walker took a cheap shot and a bite on the nose, which went unseen by the ref, but his reaction was seen and resulted in a red card.

With the Reds down to 14 men Lasswade scored an unconverted try and the score was  now 23-19.  Luckily, time was almost up and shortly after the restart, the final whistle went. The Reds emerged as worthy winners with a few bumps and scrapes and better of their experience for the future. I hope!!!