Trophy time for Reds

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Linlithgow Rugby Club continued their pre-season programme of games with a trip to Irvine to play in a 15-a-side tournament.

And, after an entertaining afternoon, the Reds returned to Mains Park with the winner’s trophy.

In the first game Linlithgow faced Marr who were the previous year’s winners but a try from Chris Bredin and a brace from Lewis Barnes saw them win 15-0.

Next up in the pool was Irvine’s 2nd XV, who are called Marres.

Lewis Barnes scored again with Ross Martin, Russell Murdoch and Stuart Bell all joining him on the scoresheet.

Ross Martin converted four of these tries to give the Reds a comfortable victory.

The final pool game was against Cambuslang which also resulted in another big winning margin for the Reds.

Ross Plenderleith and Stuart Cunningham each scored two tries. Ross Martin added another and converted four of the tries.

Cambuslang managed to cross the Reds’ line making them the only team to score against Linlithgow and the game finished 33-5.

Linlithgow met East Kilbride in the semi-final and they provided a stiffer test.

When these two clubs were in the same league, games between them were always hard-fought and this one proved no exception.

Nevertheless, the Reds won through to the final 12-0 following more tries from Bell and Martin with the latter adding one conversion.

The finalists were the host club’s 1st XV.

As befitting a final, it was closely fought.

The first half was drawing to a close with no scor, when Linlithgow was awarded a penalty.

The Reds chose to kick for goal and, from far out, Ross Martin scored.

This gave the visitors a lift and they capitalised on their advantage with a second-half try from Chris Bredin, converted by Ross Martin.

The 12-0 victory was no less than the Reds deserved.

Jon Blundell, Linlithgow’s director of rugby, was delighted with the performance.

He said: “It was a demanding schedule for a small squad on such a hot day.

‘‘The players put all the hard work of their pre-season training into their efforts.

‘‘Even at the end of the final our boys were first to the ball and thoroughly deserved their win.”

The Reds finish off their pre-season preparations with a home game for both the 1sts and 
2nds against Kilmarnock tomorrow (Saturday), Kick-offs are at 3pm.