Equalising Score Eludes Reds 2s in Scoreless Second Half
Linlithgow 2s 5 – 12 Watsonians 3s
Saturday 25 October 2014
The Reds 2s kicked off into the wind on a bright sunny Lower Mains Park after losing the toss of the coin. The team started brightly and put a bit of pressure on the opposition with good carries by Connall Black and Tom Townend in the forwards. After a turnover and losing possession, the Reds were quickly pinned in their own half due to the blustery windy conditions and the collective experience and play of the Watsonians’ team. Despite valiant efforts by Chris Ronalson in trying to bring the team up the field, a Watsonians’ line-out and drive sucked in all the Reds’ forwards and the opposition scrum half nipped down the blind side to score. The conversion was missed. (5-0 for Watsonians)
The Reds attacked through carries by Stu Young, Fraser Mochrie and Adam Nelson all doing well, but due to the wind any change of possession resulted in the Reds defending their own line. From a scrum in midfield on the Reds 22, the scrum half evaded a couple of weak tackles to score below the posts which was converted. (12-0 for Watsonians)
The Reds replied straight away and put pressure from the kick off resulting in number of penalties and line outs. From one such line out and maul Toby Binstead broke clear and made a rumble for the line, unfortunately being held up. Play continued and from a line out close to the 10 yard line saw scrum half Robbie Thomson breakthrough and score.
This brought the score to 12-5 in favour of the visitors at half time and most watchers expected the Reds to take advantage of the windy conditions in the second-half but this was not to be the case.
The Reds tried manfully to score again and keep the pressure on Watsonians but the equalising score eluded them. Some good efforts by Chris Ronalson and Chris McDougall ended in frustration and no scores.
The game ended 12-5 to the opposition and the frustration felt by the management was shared by many of the team. That said there were some good individual contributions made by the young players Duncan McClymont, Ben Milne and Keiran Faulds who will all improve with more games.