Reds Frame Fine Victory to Close Out Season
Linlithgow 28 – 26 North Berwick
Saturday 23 April 2016
The Reds finished off their BT East 1 league season with a superb performance and victory over the league’s second best team, North Berwick. The result leapfrogged Linlithgow into third place and set up an excellent evening for the Club’s Annual Dinner!
The Reds played one of their best games of the season in terms of commitment and discipline with Jack Frame (who was voted Most Improved Player of the Season later that night) kicking 23 points to take him over 200 points for the season. Frame’s pace from full-back was also a constant danger for the visitors, earning him a deserved man-of-the match award.
The Reds started the match well with Frame kicking an early penalty before North Berwick took the lead with an unconverted try. However, a fine interchange amongst the backs resulted in an excellent try for centre Fraser Rankine, who’s score under the posts was converted by Jack Frame to give Linlithgow a 10-5 lead.
A further two Frame penalties meant that the Reds went in at the interval with a 16-5 lead, North Berwick opting not to kick their early penalties but rather go for touch and line out drives, which the Reds stopped every time.
In the second half, North Berwick scored two converted tries to a penalty from the Reds’ Frame to make the score 19-19 with about 10 minutes left. Frame then kicked Linlithgow into a 25-19 lead with a further two penalties, but North Berwick scored a converted try to take a 26-25 lead with only three minutes left.
The Reds came roaring back and with time almost out, were awarded a penalty which Jack Frame kicked to put the Reds back in front 28-26. The referee then immediately blew for full-time and the Reds were able to celebrate a fine win against an excellent North Berwick side, who have pushed the semi-professional St Boswells’ side all the way for the BT East 1 league title.
Captain Chris Bredin was delighted with the result, praising young Frame for his excellent goal kicking (8 out of 10 on the day, including some absolute crackers) and centre Euan “Les” Richardson who had cemented the Reds midfield and taken some big hits in the process, including one which earned his opposing centre (and North Berwick captain) a yellow card.
Jack Frame; Chris Bredin (capt), Euan Richardson, Fraser Rankine, Cammy Walker; Andrew Whitelaw, Robbie Thomson: Calum Mckeown, Stuart Cunningham, Chris Archer; Steven Grant; Charlie Gillanders; Euan Mochrie, Craig Scott and Ross Martin.
Subs: John Pauley, Mark Caddle, Billy Edment, James Timlin.
Later in the evening, former Scotland and Lions prop Peter Wright and Scottish Rugby Council and Board member Jim Littlefair entertained those attending the Club dinner at which the following annual player awards were made:
Craig Scott – Player of the Year,
Jack Frame – Most Improved Player of the Year,
Euan Mochrie – Young Player of the Year, and
Gus McNab – 2nd XV Player of the Year.