Thomson Shines for Reds 2s as They Continue Fine Run
Linlithgow 55 – 0 Lismore / Portobello
Saturday 23 September 2017
This was a home match for the Reds 2s against a combined Lismore / Portobello 2s team (MorePort). Due to the fact the players come from two different clubs they are often unsure until KO as to how many players will turn up but they eventually scrambled together 14. Big thanks to Russell Murdoch – the Reds utility back – who put in a fine shift in MorePort colours in the second half to help balance the team numbers. At Linlithgow we are now in the happy position of selecting teams on merit at senior level which means that there are always enough extra players on the bench.
The game started brightly with Cal Thomson captaining the side and leading by example, a great break by Stu Young supported by Cal Thomson ended with Cammy Walker scoring the first try. 5-0 to the 2s as the kick was missed, Shortly after the same combination of players were involved again but this time Ally Walker was the scorer, 10-0 to the Reds.
The team now felt they were going to cruise the game and lots of good passages of play took place but unfortunately they often ended in a mistake or a knock on.
However James Timlin at standoff tried to steady the team and with the help of Robbie Thompson at scrum half started to play the ball intelligently up and down the pitch. This resulted in the forwards with Stevie Grant, Connall Black and Callum Forbes to the fore delivering good ball from which Cal Thomson scored.
15-0 to the Reds, a huge amount of possession and lots of mistakes, indeed the Reds scored two more tries before half time, through Stevie Grant and Cal Thomson. At half time the score was 27-0 to the Reds but as the captain noted there must have been the same points again “butchered” by carelessness or over anxious decision making.
There were changes made at half time with Hussan Gurham Ilter and Lewis McKie coming on and young Sam Buckley and Connall Black coming off. The fresh legs and the fact that the pace of the game was intense resulted in a flurry of tries mostly, another 3 for Cal Thomson and one for Connall Black who had got back on late in the second half managed to power over for a try of his own.
The final score ended up 55-0 to the Reds with every one contributing well to the final score although man-of-the-match and Reds’ captain Cal Thomson did hog the limelight with 5 tries and a number of conversions!
MorePort stuck well to the task and tried to play until the end with players who maybe in other circumstances would have retired injured. The Reds won handsomely but will have stronger challenges before the end of the season. The Manager believes that the team can gain promotion this year and the players are beginning to buy into the philosophy.
Photos from Previous Week
Michael Nesbitt was on hand to capture action from the 2s win over Queensferry 1st XV.