Reds at Forrester (Oct 17)

Reds Fire on All Cylinders in Emphatic Away League Win

Forrester  19 – 55  Linlithgow

Saturday 21 October 2017

Linlithgow travelled to Forrester last Saturday looking to maintain their impressive run of bonus point victories.

Forrester kicked off with the sun shining and the underfoot conditions dry for the time of year. Linlithgow did all the pressing in the first few minutes and it was no surprise when Jack Frame burst down the wing to score in the corner, the conversion going wide. The Reds were dominant in all areas but were making mistakes. A Frame penalty increased their lead but a misplaced pass on the Forrester 22 allowed the home team to race up the park and score a converted try to make the score closer than they deserved. Linlithgow however, came back with a vengeance.

A high tackle was penalised and eventually Rab Cairns went over for a try, the conversion was good. Just before half time Frame got his second try in the corner, again converted. Half time 9-22.

The first 25 minutes of the second half was a fantastic display of open fast flowing rugby as Linlithgow firstly had a Ross Martin try disallowed for a forward pass, then ran in 5 tries in quick succession. Gregor Stewart scored under the posts, converted by Frame, then Cairns scored his second following good work by substitute McCall, again converted. Substitute Peter Millar was next to score in the corner after more good handling and a great run by Mark Green, Cairns converting from out wide. Forrester were shellshocked and their defence was in disarray. Andrew Whitelaw showed quick thinking and scored under the posts from a ruck, Cairns slotting over the conversion.

The final score was from John Chapman, going over unopposed, Cairns missing the conversion.  With the game won, Linlithgow switched off and allowed the home side 2 late tries, and with the home side sensing a possible bonus point themselves, they put everything into the last few minutes.

Another great win for the Reds, and you could see the confidence flowing as the game wore on. That’s 4 straight bonus point wins and next up are local rivals Livingston this Saturday at Mains Park KO 3pm. The Club will be hosting former players and officials in what should be a cracking derby match.

Rab Cairns; Jack Frame, Mark Green, Andy Whitelaw, Gregor Stewart; John Chapman, Jamie March; Chris Archer, Stuart Cunningham, Michael Robertson: Neil Lockhart, Craig Scott (captain): Ross Martin, Cal Thomson and Mark Caddle.

Subs – Ally McLean, Lauchlan McCall, Euan Mochrie and Pete Millar.


Match photos courtesy of Graham Black