TRUE GRIT !
Match report : Linlithgow Academy 1st XV at Lomond School
With a strong squad of 19 players heading to Helensburgh to play only their 3rd match in over two months, the bus left Mains Park with the players in good spirit and looking forward to the return of regular rugby.
On arrival at Lomond Rugby Club, it was disappointing to see that the BBC weather forecast of rain looked a distinct reality. By the time KO came however, the players played out the first 20 minutes with snow beating down and with a heavy muddy pitch to boot, made free flowing rugby an impossible task.
Not to be put off with the atrocious conditions, the School set out their stall by posting a well taken try in the first 5 minutes scored by Lewis McKie coming into the line from his full back position. His fine try was cancelled out five minutes later when Lomond pushed up field and scored a converted try in the corner.
Thankfully the snow abated after 20 minutes and in timely fashion, Ross Dunbar scored a try for the Reds to take them into a 10-7 lead.
The teams changed round at half time with no further scoring and Lomond took full advantage of the slope by forcing play into Linlithgow’s 22 and camped there for about 15 minutes only to be faced with a stubborn and determined defence, with only a converted penalty being the sum total of their efforts.
This stung Linlithgow into action and from the kick-off, they drove upfield with the ball falling to Ross “the Beast” Dunbar who made a great drive to score a classic try, his second of the day.
To be fair to Lomond, they controlled the game for the next 5 minutes, but the resolve and determination by the entire School team (including the subs astutely utilised by the coaches ) secured the ball and closed the game out by retaining possession and playing the last 10 minutes in the Lomond half.
The relief and delight of players, coaches and visiting support alike, was a joy to behold.
Final score : Lomond School 10 – 15 Linlithgow Academy
Well played to a man, and a special mention to those Under 16 players Shaun, Aiden and Kye, who fitted in seamlessly with the experience of the day auguring well for the remainder of the season.
Player of the match ? Too many to mention, but great resolve shown by the subs who weathered the snow and freezing conditions without one word of complaint. On the contrary, they somehow found the energy to cheer and support the team from the sidelines until their turn came to shine on the pitch.
North Berwick next week! BRING IT ON !