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Reds Match Reports

Season 2021-22

Saturday 04 December 2021

2nds Run the 1sts Close in Highly Competitive Match

Linlithgow 1s  24 – 17  Linlithgow 2s

Cammy Walker scores for 2s

The Reds have not had a competitive match for 4 weeks and looked a bit rusty at first against a 2s side that have had an excellent string of performances against strong opposition over the same period. The result was a very competitive and compelling match, with the senior side just edging ahead late in the game and shading the match by four tries to three.

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View Graham’s match photos

Tough Matches for Young Reds

Saturday 27 November 2021

The Young Reds have been flying this season, with most of the age groups playing well and winning the majority of their games. Last weekend, though, they came up against Loretto School, the top school in the Conference, whose Director of Rugby is former Scotland captain Jason White. It was a learning experience for the Young Reds! 

Read more including S2 Match report

Friday 12th November

2s Run in 10 Tries Under Lights

Linlithgow 2s  62 – 0  Leith 2s

Two hat-tricks, one from Lewis Wells, the other from Cammy Walker, plus two tries apiece for Ally Walker and Gregor Stewartaccounted for the 2s ten tries, with Gregor Stewart adding 6 conversions, to take his personal tally to 22 points. Despite the scoreline, Leith gave a fair account of themselves in the second half, when they came close to scoring on a number of occasions.

Read Des’ match report

Saturday 13th November

3 out of 4 Wins for Young Reds

The Young Reds had three wins out of the four matches played against George Watsons College ‘B’ teams on Saturday.

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Saturday 06 November

Reds 2s Claim Another Win

Linlithgow Reds 2nds  29 – 19  Gala 2nds

Captain Andrew Archer lead from the front

With the Reds away match at Duns being called off (Covid in Duns camp), the Reds 2sonce again drew top billing with a third successive home match against Border opposition, whose 1st XVs play at the top level of amateur rugby in Scotland. Another cracking performance resulted in another win, this time with a try bonus point.

Read Ian McLean’s report

View Graham Black’s match photos

Four Wins for Young Reds

The S2s were one of 4 teams to win on Saturday

Earlier in the day, it was 4 out of 5 wins for the Young Reds in fixtures against Lasswade.

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Saturday 23 October

There were 7 matches played on Saturday, a full set of 5 age group fixtures against Lenzie and 2 senior league matches. You can read reports on all these matches below.

Reds Fall Short at Haddington

Haddington  17 – 12  Linlithgow

Lewis Wells opens the scoring

The Reds travelled to Haddington on Saturday anticipating a tough match and that is exactly what they got. Tries from Lewis Wells and Ross Tulloch, with a conversion from Jack Frame were not enough to secure more than a losing bonus point.

Read David Mitchell’s report

View Graham Black’s photos

2s Win at Home Against Peebles

Linlithgow  19 – 10  Peebles

The 2s turned in another strong performance to defeat their visitors from the Borders. Callum Miller claimed a brace and Andrew Graham also scored a try, with Tom Cole kicking two conversions in the strong wind.

Read Des Martin’s report

Young Reds Take on Lenzie

The Young Reds had fixtures across all age groups against Lenzie Academy / Lenzie Rugby Club. The S1s, S2s and S3s played through at Lenzie, whilst the U16s and U18s were at home.

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Saturday 16 October

Only one match played, as the schools were on their autumn break and the Reds’ league match was postponed at the request of Royal High. This match will now be played in mid-January.

Reds Can’t Quite Weather the Storm

Linlithgow 2s  10 – 24  Melrose Storm

Tom Cole’s disallowed try

With the Reds’ match against Royal High off, the 2s took centre-stage at Mains Park for their league match against top of the table Melrose Storm. Cheered on by the full Reds’ squad, they nearly staged a comeback in a highly entertaining match. A disallowed try (see photo above) at 10-19 midway through the second half was a key point in the game, however no one could deny that the young visitors’ side merited their victory.

Read Des Martin’s match report

View Graham Black’s photos

Saturday 09 October

Only two senior matches and one youth ‘bounce match’ to report on, as there were no school fixtures (autumn break).

Reds Grind Out Win at Wardie

Broughton  8 – 15  Linlithgow

Ross Tulloch opened the scoring

Despite holding a number of aces, the Reds took a long time to put away a plucky Broughton side in this Tennents East 1 league match. Tries from Ross Tulloch and Ruaridh Stewart and 5 points from the boot of Jack Frame, coming off the bench for his first league game of the season, were all they could muster. 

Read Craig Young’s match report

View Graham Black’s photos

Lasswade Flattered by Scoreline

Lasswade 2s  19 – 3  Linlithgow 2s

The 2s travelled through to Lasswade on Saturday, where they faced a strong 22 man squad from the home team. Giving as good as they got for most of the game, the 2s will be disappointed to have conceded 3 tries without reply. There were many strong individual performances.

Read Des Martin’s report

U15s Win Bounce Game

Linlithgow  39 – 7  North Berwick

The Young Reds U15s played a bounce game on Saturday against a North Berwick side looking for a match and for challenging opponents. They got both, as in an entertaining game, the Young Reds ran in 7 tries to the visitors one.

Saturday 02 October and Sunday 03 October

No senior matches, however a full set of youth matches and the home Wee Reds Mini Tournament.

Young Reds Conference Matches

It was a clean sweep against Trinity Academy in Saturday’s Conference matches, with 4 wins and one walk-over. Trinity struggled at all age groups with numbers and, indeed, couldn’t raise an U18 team. You can read the short match reports using the link below.

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Wee Reds Minis Tournament

Action from the P4 Tournament

The Wee Reds Minis Tournament was held on Sunday across 4 venues, utilising the Linlithgow Academy pitch and the Kettilstoun grass pitch, in addition to both Upper and Lower Mains Park. This provided plenty space and separation for each age group and participating teams.

Read Reports for Each Age Group

Saturday 25 September

Royal High prevail in tough encounter with the Reds

Royal High  23 – 6  Linlithgow

As usual, the Reds trip to Barnton on Saturday was a hard fought encounter with the home side gaining the win against a visiting team that failed to meet the heights of the previous 2 weeks.

Read David Mitchell’s report

View Graham Black’s photos

Nothing Phases 2s as they roll on to Another Win

Edin Accies  12 – 41  Linlithgow

Early kick-off, uncontested scrums, hanging about for post protectors and no touchflags – all in a day’s work for industrious Reds’ 2s! Another good performance, another good win.

Read Des Martin’s report

Saturday 18 September

Big Wins for both Reds and 2s

Ruaridh Stewart en route to a fine try

Portobello  8 – 69  Linlithgow

The Reds found fifth gear early in this match at Cavalry Park in Edinburgh, running in 10 tries, with Ross Martin kicking 8 conversions and a penalty. The Reds started the same team that had scored 7 tries against Ross High the previous week and this paid dividends.

Read David Mitchell’s match report

View Graham Black’s match photos

Linlithgow 2s  31 – 12  Watsonian 3s

Meanwhile, back at Mains Park, the 2s put in a fine showing in their opening win of the season against a visiting Watsonian side.

Read Des Martin’s report

Saturday 11 September

Reds Run in Seven Tries

Linlithgow  47 – 17  Ross High

The Reds found their mojo and playing with simplicity and pace were too much for the visitors. There were braces for Ruaridh Stewart, Lewis Wells and Ross Plenderleith, with Cal Thomson chipping in for the other try. Ross Martin kicked 5 conversions and Aiden Rennison one to complete the scoring.

Read David Mitchell’s match report

View Graham Black’s match photos

Ross Tulloch was deservedly named MotM (see in action in top photo and above with captain Euan Mochrie) with a superb all round display at full-back.

Young Reds Impress Again

Fixtures v Howe of Fife

Another good weekend for the Young Reds with fine wins for the S1s, S2s, and U16s against Howe Of Fife / Bell Baxter.

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Saturday 04 September

The Reds got their league season going, while the Young Reds had a full set of fixtures against St Columba’s from Kilmacolm.

Reds Stumble at Forrester

Forrester 37 – 21 Linlithgow

With an extraordinary number of players unavailable, the Reds travelled through to Edinburgh to play Forrester in the opening league match of the season.

Read David Mitchell’s report

This was especially disappointing after a very successful pre-season with close fought victories over Lenzie, Dunfermline and Grangemouth.

You can view all the reports from the pre-season matches here

You can also view the reports archive here

Fine Start for Young Reds

Action from S3 match

This was the first full set of fixtures for the Young Reds in over 18 months and they very quickly clicked into gear, recording wins at S1, S2, S3 and U16 levels.

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Pre-Season (2021-22)

Good Day Out at Grangemouth

Grangemouth 1s  26 – 38  Linlithgow 1s

Grangemouth 2s  0 – 38  Linlithgow 2s

The Reds travelled through to Grangemouth to play two pre-season matches against Grangemouth 1s and 2s. Both games were competitive, with the Reds 1s trailing with less than 10 minutes ago, before tries from Ross Martin (pushover scrum) and Ross Plenderleith sealed a 38-26 win. Ross Plenderleith claimed a hat-trick in the game, but his 2nd XV colleague Cammy Walker went one better, claiming 4 tries in a 38-0 win, before a late cameo (or should it be “cammy-o”!) off the bench for the 1s, when he nearly scored after a run, kick and chase from his own half.

You can view photo reports on the two matches by following the links below:

Reds at Grangemouth

2nds at Grangemouth

Another Good Run Out

Big thanks to Dunfermline Rugby Club who travelled across to Linlithgow on Saturday 21st August for two pre-season games. The Reds were able to give first starts to three more youngsters and two new players.

Linlithgow  24 – 19  Dunfermline

Linlithgow 2s  34 – 0  Dunfermline 2s

Reds Kick Off New Season

The Reds travelled through to Lenzie on Saturday for their first match of the new season and first since March 2020. Although a pre-season game, in which both sides fielded a large number players, this turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining and competitive match, with the Reds running out 24-21 winners thanks to a late try by Ruaridh Stewart.

It was great to play again against Lenzie and we received an excellent welcome at Viewfield. We wish them all the best for their season and look forward to welcoming them to Mains Park in the not-too-distant future.

See the story of the match in photos

Young Reds S1s Kick Off Season

The Young Reds S1s got the new season started for the Club on Saturday 7th August with an away match at North Berwick against their age grade counterparts.

Read Gordon Muir’s report

Rugby at Last!

It’s been 15 months since a rugby match was played at Mains Park – that was the annual twinning match against Plaisir Rugby Club from near Guyancourt in France in March 2020! It was worth waiting for as the Young Reds S3s (pictured above) and the visitors from Lasswade served up a cracking game of rugby, with the Young Reds running in 6 tries in a superb 40-12 victory.

The Young Reds S1s and S2s both played Lasswade on Saturday as well, coming back from Midlothian with two fine wins.

You can read all about these matches by following this link.

Don’t miss the “try of the season” (yes, I know there may only be a couple more games this season, but this one would be hard to beat!)

Link to “try of season” on video

Archive Match Reports from Previous Seasons