Match Report by “Ken the Ref”
First Outing of Season for Reds 3s Results in Fine Away Win
Queensferry 5 – 25 Linlithgow 3s
Saturday 21 October 2017
Queensferry have already played Linlithgow 2s this season at Mains Park – a match which they lost 26-17 having led for much of the game – so they expected to continue their recent run of victories against a Linlithgow 3s side playing their first outing of the season. However, the Reds third string had other ideas and, with a fair sprinkling of old heads and not a little class, they turned over a very competent Queensferry side, outscoring them five tries to one.
Despite fine overhead conditions, the pitch at Queensferry was heavily waterlogged – a drainage problem that will be solved when work on a new 4G pitch is started shortly. Linlithgow, captained by Gus McNab and playing down the slight slope in the first half were quickly into stride and used the ground conditions well to their advantage, claiming two tries within the first 10 minutes, the first from “Bruno” Mochrie, a number 8 pick up from one metre after a fine shunt from the Reds’ pack, while the second came from scrum half Mikey Walker, who had already made several darts in the match and looked as though he was struggling to remember how to pass the ball!
The Reds’ pack was playing particularly well and, with veteran Graham Murray pulling the strings at stand-off, the Reds were playing most of the game in the Queensferry half. The home team dug in and only conceded one further score in the first half – an excellent backs’ move capped with a fine try by full back Ross Oliver.
Half time: Queensferry 0 – 15 Linlithgow
The second half was much more even, with the home side playing some good rugby, however the Reds still shaded it 2 tries to one. The first try came after only 3 minutes and was scored out wide by winger Kyle Risk. The second try came near the end of the game and was scored by winger Andrew “AB” Birrell, with a neat chase of his own kick ahead and recovery to score despite the attention of two defenders. In between, Queensferry got a score worthy of their efforts and play, leaving the final score 25-5 in favour of the Reds.
There were many good performances to note – Chris Bredin on his season’s debut after injury was sharp in both defence and attack, as was full back Ross Oliver, Graeme McCallum was imperious in the pack and David Mackenzie ruled the breakdown, with 3 text book turnovers, to name but a few.
Queensferry were delighted to have had such a competitive match, following a late call-off by their scheduled opponents, and around 40 players and one referee enjoyed a good day’s rugby!
Stuart Gordon, David Mackenzie, Bradley Lewis, Kevin Clydesdale, Billy Edment, Graeme McCallum, High Cochrane, Graham Murray, Gus McNab (captain), Kyle Risk.
Kevin Wilson, Andrew Birrell, Mikey Walker, Chris Bredin, Adam Scott, Euan Conlon, Ross Oliver, Fraser “Bruno” Mochrie and Kevin Stump.