Linlithgow prove too strong for young Linden team

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The Linden concluded their league programme against Linlithgow on a heavy Volunteer Park pitch. It was a youthful team that took the park with five of the pack under 20. Brothers Stuart and Euan Hair were making their Linden debuts and Chris Telfer was returning from injury after more than a year out the game.

The young Linden pack made a good start, matching their heavier counterparts and taking the game to them. After eight minutes Linlithgow were caught offside and Kirk Ford slotted the penalty for Linden to take an early lead. Then Linlithgow were awarded a penalty when the home team were also caught offside and their full back slotted the kick to level the score.

Linden mounted several good attacks into the Linlithgow half but the final pass did not go to hand. Midway through the half Steven Beattie was able to kick and chase from his own half but was just beaten to the touchdown by the cover defence.

Linlithgow were next to score in 30 minutes when their pack made several good surges and the wing forward crashed over the line to score an unconverted try.

Shortly afterwards, a loose pass was collected by Linlithgow and the ball was moved to their winger who sped up the stand side. He cut inside and wrong-footed the defence to score a great opportunist try. The try was converted, and the Linden were unfortunate to turn round 15-3 down.

The Linlithgow prop was 
yellow-carded for killing the ball repeatedly on the ground, and Linden enjoyed their best spell of the game. In 50 minutes they won good ball from a scrum in the Linlithgow half. Kirk Ford moved the ball to Greg Thomson, who sliced through the Linlithgow defence and touched down at the posts. Kirk Ford kicked the goal to reduce the leeway to 15-10.

In 60 minutes Linlithgow kept the ball tight in their pack and they drove and rumbled over the Linden line to score an unconverted try. Linden tried to fight back but they coughed up possession. Linlithgow moved the ball to their speedy winger and he raced half the length of the field to score a converted try.

Linlithgow were finishing the stronger. In 70 minutes their pack drove and rumbled over the line for an unconverted try. They completed the scoring when their full back carved through a tired defence to score another try.