Hat Trick for Cal Thomson as Reds Claim Bonus Point Win
Linlithgow 31 – 19 North Berwick
Saturday 29 September 2018
(Match Report by Craig Young)
Once again, Linlithgow were well understrength for this basement battle. With coach Dougie Thomson once again having to play scrum half and winger Fraser Mochrie in the second row, as well as the absence of full back Rab Cairns, the crowd were apprehensive (and very cold !)
Linlithgow started the match well and were pressing for most of the first 10 minutes and opened the scoring with Cal Thomson scoring a try, although the conversion was missed. The good work was undone as North Berwick scored a try under the posts, duly converted. Linlithgow came back through Mark Caddle who ended a great backs move with a try, converted by John Chapman. Linlithgow were soon pressing again and should have increased their lead but indecision and poor passing led to a breakaway try from the visitors from their own 22, although there was a deliberate knock forward missed by the referee in the process. The conversion was missed. Linlithgow stormed back and with the forwards pressing on the visitors goal line, Cal Thomson was quick to react from the back of the ruck and scored, John Chapman converting. HT 19-12
Linlithgow started the second half well, with man of the match Cal Thomson running in from 20 metres to secure both his hat trick and the team’s bonus point, converted by Chapman. Linlithgow kept up the pressure and had more chances to increase the lead but several times lost the ball in contact. North Berwick came more into the game and when the referee awarded them a penalty they kicked for touch practically on the home goal line. However the Reds showed great defensive qualities and cleared the trouble. Then Chapman had to be quick to prevent another try in a footrace following a long ball, this resulted in a 22 drop out. The visitors did score a try which was a little fortunate as a clearance hit a North Berwick player and bounced into the path of a team mate who reduced the deficit, the conversion was good. Close to the end, Linlithgow made the points safe when Ross Plenderleith showed the visitors a clean pair of heels, the conversion from out wide hitting the post and bouncing the wrong way. Full time 31-19.
This was a very entertaining game, played in good spirit. Linlithgow showed some great qualities, and while the ball didn’t stick in the hands as much as we would like, hopefully the win should give the whole squad some confidence.
Ross Tulloch; Ross Plenderleith, Mark Green, Chris Ronalson, Lewis Herdman; John Chapman, Dougie Thomson; Ally McLean, Stuart Cunningham, Matthew Sommerville; Fraser Mochrie, Kieran Cochrane; Andrew Archer, Cal Thomson and Mark Caddle.
Subs: Colin Devlin, David Martin, Ally Walker, Sam Buckley