Young Reds U16s in Big Comeback to Claim Win
(Report by Graeme Miller)
Linlithgow 26 – 12 Lasswade
Saturday 24 November 2018
The U16s came into their final Conference match of the season unbeaten, but knowing that this would be a tough match, as Lasswade have almost matched them over the last three seasons.
The game started in dry conditions, although it was to finish with some rain, and Lasswade were fired up from the start, taking the game to the Young Reds and soon the visitors were soon 5-0 up. Linlithgow regrouped and applied some pressure but were not quick or aggressive enough at the break down and found that their game was being dictated by Lasswade’s direct style. With the Young Reds pressing in the Lasswade 22 they lost the ball forward and from the resulting scrum the Lasswade centre ran the length of the field to score under the posts – a powerful and pacy run. With a successful conversion the Young Reds found themselves 12-0 down.
However Linlithgow started to play better and keep possession when going forward and they got their reward when Callum M went over for a try on 32 minutes with Ollie converting. 12-7 down at half time.
The second half was a lot better for the home team and the Young Reds started to play with more confidence and aggression at the break down. Cammy scrambled over for a try from scrum half on 10 minutes after some great pressure on their line. This levelled the scores at 12-12.
From then on Linlithgow seemed to have the upper hand, running with more confidence and not losing the ball so much in the contact area. Unfortunately there was a “discussion” between the players half way through the second half which is something both teams I’m sure regret. Play resumed and the Young Reds scored twice, first through Callum M (again) and then through Lewis with Ollie kicking both these conversions.
This made the final score 26-12, which looks a lot more comfortable than it was in reality as Lasswade made the Young Reds play right to the final whistle. Well done to everyone in our squad, even the players who didn’t get on today – everyone makes a team!