Watsonians too Strong for Reds 2s and Rest of League!
Linlithgow 2s 5 – 72 Watsonians 2s
Saturday 15 October 2022
Match report by Des Martin
It didn’t help that the Reds had a light weight 2nd team for this home game with only one replacement listed. Robbie Thomson had not played since before Covid started was on the bench and big Hugh Cochrane volunteered his services to join him just before the KO. The Watsonians team had a full compliment of 23 players and had been doing very well in previous games (running in 210 points over their 3 matches played to date) so this was going to be an ominous challenge for the Reds 2nds!
It was good to see some of the young backs making an appearance for the seconds and Callum Lindsay, Eddie Beamish and Jock McNair all filled in a youthful backline. They were supported well at standoff by John Chapman with Shaun Lamb making a welcome return after a couple of years away. The forwards were ably led by Allastair McLean and supported by Callum McKeown and Matty Sommerville in the front row. In the second row it was good to see Finlay Chadwick back and Eioan Magee maturing into a very useful back five player.
The game started briskly and before long the tone was set by the Watsonians team who scored the first try after a flowing move. This trend continued throughout the game, the Linlithgow lads trying manfully in the tackle and attack but were eventually outweighed by the bigger and more experienced players.
During the early period of the game Findlay Chadwick who had been showing up well sustained a head knock and had to come off. He was replaced by Robbie Thomson coming on at scrum half with the full back, Alistair Reynolds, moving to second row (yes!) Quite a change and a big thanks to Alistair. Before long, the other second row Ewan Edwards had sustained a head knock and was replaced by Hugh Cochrane. All this before half time!
Hugh survived the rest of the game but Watsonians took advantage of the rearranged squad and limited numbers to run in a few more tries. The final score was a lot to Watsonians (72) and one deserved score (5) to the Reds man of the match Eioan Magee, who burst from the 22 to score.
A difficult day for the Reds Seconds, it will be interesting to see how many are available this weekend for the trip to Leith. A game well within our capabilities to win, if we can field a team!!!!