Linden let early lead slip at Scremerston

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HAWICK Linden came close to causing an upset at Scremerston on Saturday.

But the Volunteer Park outfit couldn’t hang on to a half-time lead as they travelled home empty handed.

While other sporting fixtures fell victim to the weather, the match was given the go ahead with the pitch surprisingly soft considering the frost.

It was the Linden who struck first blood with a kick from captain Barry Sutherland after strong pressure saw the home side penalised.

And they should have added to their tally with another penalty right in front of the posts, which was quickly taken. Berwick hadn’t retreated ten metres but play fizzled out and the chance was lost.

The homesters began to get a grip on proceedings with their forwards popping and bashing their way through.

It was from such a barrage that they claimed a converted try.

Linden went back on the attack but a great run from Connor Gracie was stopped just short.

From the line-out though, Linden were awarded a penalty in the corner and quick thinking from Greg Cunningham saw him dive over for a try. Sutherland hit the post with the conversion.

Into the second half and it proved an uphill battle for the Linden who were continually battered back by the Berwick forwards.

The home side kicked three penalties and a defensive mistake at the death saw them pick up an easy try.