Langholm 53 Inverleith 0
LANGHOLM gave a fine display of rugby at Milntown with a 53-0 defeat of Inverleith last Saturday.
There were four tries by Joe Kirkup and a hat-trick from Andy Allison.
Having suffered a defeat at the hands of Penicuik the previous weekend, the home side came out all guns blazing.
It took them a while to get into scoring mood but, once they did, there was no stopping them.
Although Inverleith were a big powerful side and, initially, had a secure defence, Langholm’s ongoing attacking rugby, especially in the second half, overpowered them and created a good number of well-taken tries.
With Joe Kirkup at No10 controlling the play and the big forwards dominating up front, it wasn’t long before Kirkup made the breakthrough and scored near the posts.
Scrum half Andy Allison kicked the conversion.
Inverleith got some ball and for the next 20 minutes attacked the Langholm line.
But a good break from Alasdair Cavers took the ball back down field and Allison skipped in for a second try.
The half-time score was 12-0.
After the break, Langholm, with Kirkup in control, looked dangerous at every play.
With the big front three of Tom Hope, Ronnie Martin and Chris Tait carrying good ball, supported by the other forwards, Steve Nicol and captain Lewis Miller making some useful runs, the two Callums, Bell and Henderson smashing through the defence and Allison always alert, the tries started to come more easily.
Another three tries for Kirkup, a hat-trick for Allison and tries for Nick Swanston and Steve Nicol added to the tally.
Allison kicked three conversions and the match finished with a resounding victory which must have pleased coach Craig Hislop very much.
It was a great team performance, with everybody on the field playing their parts.
This win takes Langholm back to second in the league after four matches played.
There is another home match, this time against Livingston this Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm. The match is sponsored by members of Langholm Rotary Club.