Reds v Livingston (Oct 22)

Home Tie for Reds in Round 3 of National Shield

The Reds have drawn Cambuslang at home on Saturday 26 November in the next round of the National Shield, after despatching Livingston in Round 2. Round 3 sees 16 clubs from West, Called and East Regions drawn in a straight knockout format, with the winners progressing to the quarter-finals.

It promises to be an interesting tie as both teams currently sit 5th in their respective divisions, West 1 (Cambuslang) and East 1 (Linlithgow). In the last league match, Cambuslang claimed a 24-23 victory at home against Lenzie, who the Reds played in pre-season.

The National Shield is now at the last 16 stage and this includes 5 teams from the Caley Region, 5 teams from the East Region and 6 teams from the West Region. West get 6 teams as they had the most teams starting in the competition this season.

Caley – Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen Wanderers, Dunfermline, Moray (Elgin) and Ross Sutherland (Invergordon)

East – Forrester, Haddington, Linlithgow, North Berwick and Ross High

West – Cambuslang, Dalziel, East Kilbride, Kilmarnock, Oban, Stewartry (Castle Douglas)

Reds Despatch Plucky Livingston in Round 2 of National Shield

Linlithgow  27 – 16  Livingston

Saturday 29 October 2022

Match report by David Mitchell

The Reds welcomed old rivals Livingston to Mains Park on Saturday for their 2nd Round tie in the new National Shield Competition. Euan Mochrie made a welcome return to the starting 15 and Eioan Magee made his 1st XV debut in the 2nd row. 

The home team kicked off towards the clubhouse end and quickly applied pressure to the Livingston defence which proceeded to concede a penalty and Jack Frame duly obliged with the 3 points. However, not for the first time this season, the Reds then coughed up a penalty almost immediately. One of Livingston’s heavy brigade ran straight through several poor tackles and only a fine stop by Lewis Herdman avoided a try being scored but the Reds were penalised for an infringement. Their number 10 chipped over the penalty kick to level the scores at 3-3.

Joe McKillion, at No. 8, had another fine game both in attack and defence

This provided encouragement to the visitors and they scored next with a well worked try after a flowing passing move covering about 50 metres. The touchline conversion was successful and the Reds needed a quick response but the quality of passing was poor allied to a lack of depth in the back line and it took a while to equalise the scoring. Following an untidy line-out, the Reds managed to secure the ball and move it to midfield where Jack Frame made a half break and put centre Mark Caddle through to score a try under the posts but only after Mark successfully juggled the greasy ball. Frame added the conversion to make the score 10-10.

Mark Caddle, again playing at centre, scores the Reds’ first try

The home crowd were hoping the Reds would buck up their ideas but it was Livingston who moved ahead with 2 penalties, one of which resulted in a 10 minute sin bin appearance by Colin Devlin and one of his opponents. Jack Frame responded with another successful penalty but with the visitors’ kicker being 100% accurate, the home side needed something special before half time and finally it arrived with the best passing move of the half. The ball was moved along the back line and centre Freddie Adcock made a great choice to take on his opposite number and when he got passed him, the Reds were in behind the Livingston defence. The ball was then successfully moved on and Jack Frame took the final pass to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but the Reds went into half time with an 18-16 lead that they barely deserved. 

Jack Frame crosses for the Reds’ second try after fine work by Freddie Adcock

Livingston had some early pressure at the start of the 2nd half and they were awarded 2 penalties which their kicker surprisingly missed based on his earlier kicking prowess. The visitors also came close to scoring when they kicked a loose ball to the Reds’ goal line but Ross Plenderleith saved the day with an excellent recovery and this seemed to energise the home team. Stuart Cunningham replaced Kyle Ormond and Eddie Beamish replaced Lewis Herdman as the home team began to exert territorial pressure on the visitors but were unable to cross for a try. However Jack Frame added 2 more penalty kicks to make the score 24-16 going into the last 10 minutes. All credit to Livingston who threw the kitchen sink at the home team but some fantastic defence by the forwards in particular managed to hold them out. Ross Tulloch put in some very good relieving kicks and the Reds even managed a good break out involving Eioan Magee, who had a good first outing for the team, Ross Plenderleith and Ross Tulloch that took play in to the Livingston 22. The game ended with another penalty kick by Frame to make the final score 27-16 to the home team.

Ross Tulloch on another of his trademark runs

This was not a vintage performance but a workmanlike one which eventually got the job done. The scrums were relatively even and the line outs for both sides were a bit of a lottery. The front five put in a hard shift against a typically big Livingston front five and the back row were outstanding in defence particularly close to the try line. The backs still do not pass as slickly as they need to but the conditions did not help. The main concern was the brittleness in defence against runners which needs to improve for when we come up against even stronger opponents. Also there is still a tendency to overplay in our own 22 when a straight forward exit would be easier on the team and the crowd!

Linlithgow

Andrew Graham, Kyle Ormond, Colin Devlin; Kieran Cochrane, Eioan Magee; Euan Mochrie, Jamie Tulloch and Joe McKillion; Cammy Murrie, Jack Frame (c); Ross Plenderleith, Mark Caddle, Freddie Adcock, Lewis Herdman; Ross Tulloch.

Replacements: Stuart Cunningham, Eddie Beamish and Dougie Thomson

View match photos by Graham Black

Jack Frame Reaches 1000 Point Milestone

During the game Jack Frame achieved a significant personal milestone when he reached 1000 points scored for the 1st XV. On the day he contributed 22 of the 27 points and after the game he was presented with a commemorative bottle of whisky from the Club. In a nice and much appreciated touch, the presentation was made by Jack’s dad who was at the game along with Jack’s mum. Jack joins coach Matt Dixon and John Smudger Methuselah Smith as players who we know have achieved the milestone of 1000 points for the team. There may well be others and we will try and locate them and recognise their achievements as well.