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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Langholm an outside bet to progress in cup

DEFEAT at Gala YM last Saturday means Langholm have to win their final two matches and get bonus points to be in with a chance of progressing to the semi-finals in the RBS Border regional shield.

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Pictured in a previous game, winger Lewis Miller, front right, scored a great try for Langholm

Gala YM 38 Langholm 19

Even then, much will depend on how the other teams finish. Langholm must also try to salvage something in the league to avoid relegation.

It was a scrappy opening 10 minutes as the teams battled to gain the ascendancy.

YM got the better possession and from a well-secured lineout, the ball was fed along the backs and winger Ross Livingston raced in at the corner for the opening try. Craig Dods converted.

Langholm struggled to make inroads from limited possession but threatened from a lineout in the home 22 but failed to turn pressure into points.

YM attacked and Langholm defended stoutly for a while but quick ball was fed to the home flyhalf Rex Jeffrey who went over out wide. Dods converted.

Langholm created good phases of play which had YM on the retreat. A penalty was awarded to the Milntown men near the posts and the home side were caught cold when the alert scrumhalf Mark Young quickly took a tap and run to go over at the posts. Niall Cubbon converted.

The hosts stretched the lead when going over from a rolling maul near the corner, with Ben Murray getting the touchdown. Dods missed the conversion.

Alan Tyler replaced Daniel Nordon up front for the restart.

Good interplay by YM started from deep and Dods ran 40 metres for a try which he converted.

After defending resolutely, Langholm had a good spell which caused the home side plenty of problems. The positive play paid off and centre Alasdair Cavers crashed over from close range to score. Cubbon converted.

YM stormed back and good work from their pack set up a platform for the backs to attack inside the Langholm 22 and Fraser Welsh went over to score. Dods was off target with the conversion.

Langholm sent Jason Ratcliffe on for Sam Kitching in the last quarter.

The home side piled on the pressure and secured a sixth try through Scott Chapman when he sliced open the defence. Dods converted.

Langholm retaliated with considerable pressure and a well-worked move ended with a try for winger Lewis Miller. Cubbon failed to convert.

Langholm looked for a fourth try but YM held firm to secure a win.

Berwick head the shield table with 19 points and one match to play, which is at Milntown. Gala YM have two matches left and have 13 points. Langholm have two to play and have 11 points.

Langholm: C Jardine, L Miller, A Cavers, J Reid, C Davidson, N Cubbon, M Young, C Little, S Kitching, M Salaman, D Nordon, R Taylor, S Howatson, S Nicol, S Graham. Replacements used: A Tyler, J Ratcliffe.

The Langholm league match against Duns this Saturday kicks off at 3pm and the Colts are also at home to Selkirk Youth Club and start at 2.30pm.

Duns are in seventh place in the table with 27 points and Langholm are ninth with 16 points. Sandwiched between them are Linlithgow on 20 points, while Berwick are bottom on 11.

On Sunday the Langholm Lions welcome Gala Mini Maroons and Melrose Hornets for a triangular fixture starting at 11am. Coaches are asked to be up for 10.15am and any donations for the tray baking tables will be gratefully accepted in the kitchen as will any help with tea and coffee.

The under 15s play at Annan against Uddingston.

Russell Anderson of Langholm played for the winning under-20 Scotland side against Italy at Netherdale last Friday.

A crowd of about 1,300 saw the young team beat Italy by 30-17 in the under 20 Six Nations game.

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