Cracking Match at Mains Park
Linlithgow 2s 18 – 27 Watsonian 2s
Saturday 05 October 2019
The Reds were at home for this fixture against a Watsonian side who had been bolstered by a number of young potential first team squad members. The Manager knew this could be a difficult game for, although he had a strong team, there were a number of changes from the previous week at Lasswade. In came Drew Sommerville and Duncan McClymont at second row and Grant Findlater at standoff. Grant was playing his first senior game for the Reds.
The Watsonian team started strongly and at the first scrum from a Reds knock-on, the centre looped, created an extra man and the Sonians winger scored. The young standoff converted, 7-0 to the visitors.
The Reds came back and were awarded a penalty which was converted by Russell Murdoch to make the score 7-3. The visiting Watsonian team were a very good side with a great mixture of older heads and up and coming 1st XV players. When given the opportunity they put together some very good passages of play leading to two more converted tries to leave the score 19-3 to the visitors after 20 minutes.
However the Reds were still playing well and making the visitors work for their scores with great tacking and physical efforts in all aspects of their play. Lead by the Captain Russell Murdoch supported by Ally Walker and the forwards the Reds had some great carries. From one such break Kai Lenders made a large distance and the ball was carried on by Stu Young and Adam Scott before Drew Sommerville crashed over for a try, which Russell Murdoch converted to make it 19-10 to the visitors.
Linlithgow were pressurising the visitors and the Watsonian team were penalised. Russell Murdoch stepped up and slotted the penalty, 19-13 and the Reds were creeping back into the game. The half time whistle went and the visitors were the happier for the break.
Some changes were made at half time with Aaron Flucker coming on for Tom Townend in the forwards and Chris Bredin making a return at full back after a long period of injury. This rejuvenated the team and the Reds started the better continuing where they left off, Aaron Flucker made immediate impact gaining 30 yards with a strong aggressive run which took the play into the visitors half, Grant Findlater showing maturity in the role at stand off pushed the ball in to the opposition 22. The Reds got the lineout with good jumping from Drew Sommerville and driving play from the pack. Adam Scott specialising in close quarter work drove over to score. The conversion was missed but the score was now 19-18 to the visitors and the Reds were within a whisker.
Unfortunately, Watsonians managed to rally and score another try as the Reds tired (24-18) and to ensure we got nothing from the game kicked a penalty in the last minute. The final score of 27-18 to Watsonians ended a good game enjoyed by all even if the final score was not in the Reds favour.