There can’t be many rugby matches where a father and son not only play on the pitch together but also both score. That’s exactly what happened in the match between Langholm and Inverleith when rugby finally returned to Milntown after five months and one week with no home matches. All credit to the visitors for travelling down from Edinburgh with less than a full squad. Their numbers were bolstered by a number of Langholm and Annan players.
Langholm started well and their first try came from Eddie Turner after three minutes. Nathan Smith converted. Langholm continued to put pressure on the visitors and a strong solo run by Lewis Miller saw him go over between the posts. Smith again kicked the conversion. So with 12 minutes played Langholm were 14 nil ahead.
However it wasn’t all one way traffic and Inverleith began to put some moves together which resulted in an unconverted try. This galvanised the home side into action and a great run by Calum Henderson saw him go over the line for a try. One again it was Smith who made sure of the conversion.
Langholm were now controlling the play and had a lot of the ball. Ben Jardine made an excellent break and passed it to Smith who was clear for a try, but the ref judged the pass had been forward. Miller went over for the bonus point try with 32 minutes played. At half time the score was Langholm 26 Inverleith 5.
Langholm started the second half in control and after just two minutes, Ben Jardine scored on his home debut. Smith converted. Langholm were now running the show and Jonathan Wilkes scored another good solo try. Langholm rang some changes and Stevie Jardine came on to join his son Ben on the pitch. Before long, Jardine senior got on the score sheet when he made a great break to go over for a try.
Inverleith were still not giving up and barged over the Langholm line for a try which was converted. However further tries from Duffy, two from Kiore and a debut try for Jay Gordon completed the scoring. Final score Langholm 78 Inverleith 12
It was a good win with a bonus point in front of a big and enthusiastic crowd.