Cracking Match Between Two Well-Matched Teams
Linlithgow 2s 26 – 21 Forrester 2s
Saturday 11 October 2014
Linlithgow were delighted to have the help from a few Grangemouth players as the seconds had been ravaged by injuries and call offs from the previous week. The Reds started brightly with Neil Dori-Muir making ground after Ronnie Thomson had caught the kick off. Linlithgow continued to exert pressure and guest Mark Christie drove over for a score which Jeff Martin converted. (Linlithgow 7-0 up)
Linlithgow were playing intelligent rugby and keeping the ball in the Forrester half with accurate field kicking from Chris Ronalson and good runs from out of defence by James Timlin. Guest S Herron was proving a handful with his strong running and abrasive approach and this led to the second try converted by Jeff Martin. (Linlithgow 14-0 up)
The Reds kept up the pressure and good interplay by Herron and Rutherford resulted in Stu Young diving over. (21-0 to Linlithgow).
Forrester then decided to utilise their strength and exerted a series of rucks with resulted in a yellow card for Ronnie Thomson as he made a last ditch attempt to save a try. At the next scrum Forrester won the scrum and were awarded a penalty try. (21-7).
Forrester had their tails up and scored again playing a tight game utilising their forwards to roll over the line. (21-14).
Stu Young was injured suffering with a sore neck and was replaced by Toby Binstead. The manager took the opportunity to rearrange some of the front row to counteract Forrester scrummaging power and this steadied the team although Forrester scored another try. (21-21).
Linlithgow were in danger of losing this game, but stability had developed in the pack and from a mid-field scrum the no 8 Cammy Henry sprinted to the line and scored for the Reds. 26-21 to Linlithgow which ended as the final score.
This was an exciting game played in good spirits between two evenly matched sides. Thanks again to the Grangemouth players who ensured 35 players had a game of rugby.