Reds at Forrester (Oct18)

Reds Run in 5 Tries to Claim Away Bonus Point Win

Forrester  26 – 31  Linlithgow

Saturday 27 October 2018

On a chilly day for October the sun shone brightly (at least at the start). Jack Frame returned to the team in place of Rab Cairns and the team is beginning to have a more familiar look to it. The visitors started well, getting decent possession and scored an early try through Ross Plenderleith, profiting from a quick ball from the scrum and good hands from Mark Green, Chris Ronalson and Jack Frame. The conversion dropped short. 

Forrester came straight back and, with Linlithgow under pressure on their goal line, the big number 8 powered over on the blind side, the conversion was good.  The game then became a midfield struggle with neither team able to get the upper hand.  Then the Linlithgow backs produced another great try through Ross Plenderleith, again using the quick ball. The conversion was missed.  Linlithgow were awarded a penalty but chose to go for touch. From the resultant line out there was an overlap, and they should have scored but too many players were trying to go it alone and the opportunity was wasted.  

The next try was not long in coming, with Jack Frame taking the final pass from Ross Plenderleith and then scoring the conversion himself.   Not for the first time this season, Linlithgow lost concentration towards the break as they popped the ball up in contact allowing Forrester to score a try, the conversion hitting the post, then another try from the big number 8, which was converted.  Half-Time 19-17 for the home side.

Linlithgow should have regained the lead early in the second half when the final pass was delayed too long and eventually the ball was knocked on. Forrester then ran the ball up the other end to score a converted try and suddenly  from being 10 points in front, the visitors were 9 points down. Linlithgow then wasted at least two good opportunities to score, but bad decisions and knockons thwarted their efforts. The game was quite towsy at this stage and the referee had to speak to both captains as players were losing their cool.  However Linlithgow, as they did last week, ended the game strongly, with Ross Plenderleith sealing the bonus point scoring his third try, converted by Jack Frame. Then the backs manufactured another great try, with Jack Frame just offloading the ball to Cammy Murrie who strolled in under the posts, converted by John Chapman, as try provider Jack Frame was still receiving treatment for the late hit after he had passed the ball. 

Linlithgow had 2 more chances to put the game beyond Forrester, firstly from just inside the half, then from the 10 metre line, the first penalty falling short and the second going a whisker wide. This meant a nervous last 5 minutes as the home side piled the pressure on. Amid some desperate defending, the ball was actually over the line with the home side claiming the try, but the referee deciding the ball was held up.  The last play seemed to go on for a long time and there was a big cheer from the away support when eventually the Forrester player was dragged into touch and the final whistle went.

This was a very entertaining game, and Linlithgow probably deserved the win but they need to stop losing possession when in attacking positions. However, a win is a win and Linlithgow are slowly climbing up the table and you can see the confidence beginning to grow in the team.

Linlithgow

Jack Frame; Lewis Herdman, Chris Ronalson, Mark Green, Ross Plenderleith; John Chapman, Peter Miller; Calum McKeown, Stuart Cunningham, Colin Devlin; Stevie Grant, Kieran Cochrane; PJ Singleton, Cal Thompson and Mark Caddle.

Subs : Ally Mclean, Finbar Conway, Cammy Murrie, Jamie March