REDS FIGHT BACK TWICE TO WIN THROUGH IN THE END
Linlithgow 23 – 13 Forrester
Saturday 05 September 2015
The Reds entertained Forrester to Mains Park for the first game of the BT East League One campaign. The home side were led out by Wee Reds mascot, Caiden Duncan, in bright sunshine with a slight breeze. There was a minute’s silence at the beginning of the match in memory of a member of the backroom staff of the Edinburgh side.
The visitors settled more quickly and their forwards exerted pressure in the early scrums, in particular disrupting the Reds on their put in. After three scrums where the Reds were struggling Forester were awarded a penalty. They missed this but, three minutes later, on the 20th minute, the visitors took the lead through another penalty.
Forrester extended their lead nine minutes later with another penalty and, at this stage, the Edinburgh side with most of the territorial possession and looked good for their six-point lead. Linlithgow gradually fought their way back into the game and into the Forrester half. When the visitors’ defence transgressed, Jack Frame took full advantage to register the Reds’ first points.
In the run up to the interval, the Reds missed an overlapping player on the right and from the resulting play and scrum, John Pauley was sent to the sin-bin for ten minutes. The home side dug in and, right on the stroke of half time, they were awarded another penalty. The kick was in the middle of the pitch but far out and Frame had to kick well to secure the points, meaning that the sides turned round with the score all square at 6-6.
In the first minute of the second half Forrester missed a penalty but the Reds were now establishing some dominance. Full back, Fraser Rankine, burst forward on to the ball and then Mikey Walker drove forward. Forrester conceded another penalty and Jack Frame narrowly missed the kick from just inside the Forrester half.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, however, the Reds managed to create problems for themselves when the back division passed the ball dangerously close to their own try line, looking to run the ball out rather than clear their lines. The ball went loose and Forrester grabbed it to touch down behind the line, leaving an easy kick which was successfully converted.
Five minutes later, however, the Reds were back on the attack and after another good break by Walker, they won an attacking line-out. From a well-worked move, home captain, Chris Bredin, burst through a gap to score under the posts with no Forrester hand near him. Frame added the conversion to tie the scores again at 13-13.
The game now entered a phase with the Reds’ speed and fitness pegging the Edinburgh side back in defence. Forrester were on their try line when the ball went loose. Flanker, Josh Hares, was first to react and scored the try with Jack Frame adding the two points.
The Linlithgow forwards now had a good break, with two front-row players, Chris Archer and Stuart Cunningham, ranging forward, forcing Forrester to concede another penalty. With seven minutes left on the clock, Jack Frame stepped up for another successful kick. His kick finished the scoring meaning that the Reds’ league campaign began with a 23-13 victory at home. This coming Saturday the Linlithgow First XV team is away to Dunbar in BT East League One.
Fraser Rankine; Chris Bredin, Mark Green, Scott Watson and Jack Frame; Jamie Livingstone and Mikey Walker; Calum McKeown, Stuart Cunningham and Chris Archer; Charlie Gillanders and Craig Scott; Josh Hares, Stuart Bell, and Ross Martin. Subs: John Pauley, Graeme McCallum, Ben Milne, Dougie Thomson.