By Kenneth Pool
Langholm RFC 67-17 North Berwick RFC
IT was a top of the table clash at Milntown on Saturday with league leaders Langholm taking on second place, North Berwick. However, it was the home side that secured a good victory against a weakened North Berwick side who only managed to field 14 players. It does not take away from the clinical way the home side set about ensuring they remained unbeaten in the league.
Langholm flanker Steve Nicol opened the scoring after five minutes with a good solo try and despite a few mistakes, when a try was on the cards, the home side raced into a good lead with two tries from Eddie Turner and another by Callum Helling, which secured the try bonus well before half time. Further tries followed from Ricki Kiore, Hall and Fraser Mitchell, and with three conversions from Nathan Smith, Langholm went into half time leading 41 points to nil.
Langholm rang a few changes after the break and continued to pressure the opposition, however, a clever cross field kick by the North Berwick number 10, led to a try by the visitors.
Langholm took their foot of the gas for the next 15 minutes but then decided enough was enough and stepped up the pace again. Tries followed by Turner, Kiore, Jaimie Ashton- Smith and Jonathan Wilkes, with three of these converted by Smith. Two late tries and a conversion by North Berwick completed the scoring.
It was a convincing win by Langholm 67-17 who remain top of East League 2, one point in front of Leith RFC who they play at home on 23 October. On Saturday the Milntown men travel to Dunbar for what is likely to be a tough match.
In other news at the club, to mark the 150th anniversary of Langholm RFC, a set of new touchline flags have been presented to the club by Jim Beattie from Hawick.
Chairman Kenneth Pool was delighted to receive them.
“The club is very grateful to Jim for his very kind donation of the new flags along with two new touch judge flags,” he said. “Jim is a keen and very generous supporter of the club and we are always pleased to see him down at Milntown.”