Reds Run in 50 Points in Final Pre-Season Match
Trinity Accies 7 – 50 Linlithgow
Saturday 31 August 2019
On a very windy day, the Reds travelled through to Bangholm in Edinburgh to take on Trinity Accies in a friendly match arranged as both teams had byes in the first round of the Edinburgh Shield.
After a short delay waiting for the referee to turn up, the Reds kicked off facing a very strong wind but on a good dry pitch. The visitors quickly established good field position and it was no surprise when Michael Doneghan brushed aside a couple of tacklers to score his maiden try for the team. Jack Frame converted and then added the next try to take the visitors into a 12-0 lead.
Play then became a bit fragmented as both sides struggled to cope with the gusting strong wind. Indiscipline then set in and in a daft 30 seconds both Ross Martin and Mark Caddle were yellow carded. During their ‘rest’ period, Trinity managed to score their only try. This demonstrated the need to avoid losing players during matches as stronger opposition may well have exploited our lack of discipline.
The Reds forward pack were dominant in the scrums but the line out was a bit of a lottery due to the windy conditions. After some good close support work in the pack, Doneghan cruised over from half way after a neat off load from Ross Martin. Frame added the extra points.
Caddle was inspired on his return to the field and showed real determination to burst through the Trinity defence and score a fine try. Frame again added the conversion to make the half time score 26-7 for the Reds.
With a very strong bench and the wind behind them, the visitors were camped in the Trinity half for the whole of the 2nd half of the game. Jack Frame added another try after a good backs move with Ross Plenderleith creating space for Frame with a great intrusion into the back line.
With such a strong squad, the coaches gave all 7 substitutes time on the pitch and they all showed up well as the Reds continued to dominate. Further tries were scored by Joe McKillion, who had a great game, and also Cammy Murrie and Cammy Walker. Struan McLean took over the kicking duties and he added 2 late conversions. Final score 50 -7 for the Reds.
Overall a pleasing outing for the boys and with no new injuries the team goes into next week’s league encounter at Forrester with really good prospects for a win. The coaches were generally pleased with the performance but there is still room for improvement in the area of on field decision making, especially in the opposition 22 metre area where there is still a tendency to over complicate what should be simple scoring opportunities.
Jack Frame; Ross Tulloch, David Goudie, Michael Doneghan, Ross Plenderleith; Aidan Rennison, Cammy Murrie; Colin Devlin, Stuart Cunningham, Ally McLean; Ross Martin, Bastien Chavagneux; Euan Mochrie (Capt), Joe McKillion and Mark Caddle.
Subs (all used) – Cal Thomson, Cammy Walker, Euan Murray, Kieran Cochrane, Lewis Herdman, Matthew Sommerville and Struan McLean.