2s at Leith (Oct 22)

Beefed Up Leith 2s Too Strong for Reds Second String

Leith 2s  50 – 19  Linlithgow 2s

Saturday 22 October 2022

Report by Des Martin

The Reds 2s had a reasonable team and numbers for this away game at Leith. The cause was helped by Muzz Murray and Neil Lockhart making themselves available which allowed us to have a few subs and a balanced starting XV. Leith 2s were able to field a full side and bench as their 1sts had the weekend off.

The trip to Leith proved reasonably straight forward as most of the traffic jams seemed to be coming out of Edinburgh and all of the team arrived in good time unlike last year.

The game started brightly with Neil Lockhart showing up well and catching the ball cleanly at KO and after a drive up the park the ball came out from John Chapman to Callum Lindsay who popped a nice ball to Shaun Lamb who burst through a number of tackles and eventually stretched out for the line. The conversion was missed 5-0 to the Reds.

The Leith team were keeping us well pinned in our own half and from an intelligent cross kick the winger caught the ball and scored a try not converted (5-5).

The game was fairly even, with the better more athletic backs from Linlithgow versus the heavier Leith pack gaining ground when each group had the opportunity. From a Linlithgow attack a penalty was conceded by Leith and John Chapman struck the ball well but it hit the cross bar. Neil Lockhart was alert and won the ball. It came along the backs and Cammy Walker scored a good try, which he converted to make the score 12-5 to Linlithgow.

Leith now realised where their strengths lay and started to assert pressure through their forwards with the number 8 surging over from close-in to make the score 12 points each.  Leith scored two more forward oriented tries before half time to leave the score  24-12 to the home side.

The Manager was optimistic that the game could be retrieved in the second half, but we managed to give away a couple more tries through poor tackling and lack of awareness of the game at times.  Any good work by the team was often undone by a slack tackle or mistimed pass. Saying that the young players in the back line showed up well in spells and scored a nice try when Callum Miller took a good ball from John Chapman. Cammy Walker converted.

Leith scored a couple more simple tries and the final score according to the very efficient referee was 50 points to 19 for the home side.

This was a disappointing result, when we would have hoped to record a win, but a great effort by everyone nonetheless. Leith were just better and more experienced overall.  Hopefully some of the young lads learnt something from the experience for the next time.