Reds Hit Hawick Harlequins for Six
Linlithgow 40 – 3 Hawick Harlequins
Saturday 27 September 2014
Micro, Hamish Ferguson, and Mini, Gordon Maxwell, led out the Reds at Mains Park last Saturday when Linlithgow RFC entertained Hawick Harlequins. The Borderers have been struggling this season at the foot of BT East League One, but the Reds themselves have been finding points hard to come by and the home crowd were hoping to see some tries.
Linlithgow gave a debut to No 10, John Strachan, meaning that three of last season’s Academy First XV featured for the Reds. The home side attacked from the kick off and it was not long before the back division mounted a flowing attack, with the ball reaching winger, Ross Oliver, who dived over in the corner to open the scoring. Ross Martin added the two points.
Soon after a Hawick player was sent to the sin bin for some foul play, the Reds won their own line-out and drove the ball over the line. Ross Martin claimed the try but did not manage to convert his own score. The game was approaching the half hour mark when Harlequins urged upfield and won a penalty which they kicked successfully.
The home side was comfortably in control of the game but making problems for themselves. Chris Bredin broke through the visitors’ defence only to stumble with the line at his mercy. As play continued, there was a knock-on when it looked easier to score. Half-time was approaching when the Reds’ forwards pushed their counterparts back a long way, before releasing the ball to enable Euan Richardson to dive over for a try. Ross Martin successfully converted to take the score at the break to 19-3.
Straight from the re-start, Linlithgow were on the attack and this set the pattern for the half. The Reds were attacking left and right and the Hawick defence crumbled when John Strachan and Andrew Wood each had surging runs, eventually giving captain, Stuart Cunningham, the opportunity to score the fourth, bonus-point try. Ross Martin added the conversion.
Scrum half, Dougie Thomson, then made a superb break through the Hawick defence and dived over the line but the referee judged the ball held up. Another Reds’ attack broke down when a loose pass was made to Ross Oliver on the wing. His second try was not long delayed, however, when a Hawick clearance kick went to the Reds’ danger man. Oliver gathered the ball and stepped his way through the defence to score, with Martin again adding the conversion.
The ball was flying along the back division when centre, Andrew Wood, broke forward and wrong-footed the defence to score again giving Ross Martin another easy kick. The Reds then produced their best move of the game when, in midfield, three forwards exchanged quick passes before the backs took the ball upfield, with only a despairing tackle preventing a fine score.
There was to be no more scoring, however, as Linlithgow ran out winners by 40-3, giving the home supporters the entertainment they had hoped for.
Fraser Rankine; Ross Oliver, Euan Richardson, Andrew Wood and Chris Bredin; John Strachan and Dougie Thomson; Calum McKeown, Stuart Cunningham and John Pauley; Patrick Bennie and Stuart Bell; Ross Martin, Cameron Dori-Muir and Alistair Wood. Subs: Stuart Jamieson, Chris Archer and Fraser Mochrie.