Kicking the difference as Reds are edged out by Forrester

Linlithgow's Billy Edment tries to find his way past a Forrester opponent. (pic by Graham Black)
Linlithgow's Billy Edment tries to find his way past a Forrester opponent. (pic by Graham Black)

Linlithgow were just edged out 17-15 by Forrester in a close BT EastRegion Division 1 encounter at Mains Park on Saturday.

On a perfect day for rugby most of the early play was inside the Linlithgow half of the field, with the home side unable to clear their lines and the visitors unable to capitalise on a lot of possession.

However it was Linlithgow who scored first midway through the half, a great flowing move from Chris Ronalson and Andy Whitelaw setting up Euan Murray to go over in the corner. The touchline conversion went wide.

Forrester fought back, scoring a try in the corner followed by a superb conversion from the touchline and almost scored again minutes later but for a try saving tackle from Josh Hares.

The Reds then scored another great try in the corner, Eric Williams cutting through at pace after good build up work by Ross Martin. But Jack Frame’s touchline conversion hit the post and rebounded back out.

Linlithgow remained 10-7 ahead at the break but Forrester levelled the scores with a penalty early in the second half.

As the game progressed, Forrester looked more likely to score and they did with a lovely try, while the Linlithgow defence was all at sea. Once again the Forrester stand-off struck a lovely conversion through the posts from the right-side touchline.

At 17-10 down the Reds were very much up against it but cut the gap when, from a ruck, they spun the ball left to put Ross Plenderleith over for a try in the corner.

With Frame off injured Ross Martin stepped up for the conversion but his well-struck kick from the touchline went agonisingly just past the far upright.

There was still time in the game, but Forrester’s defence held on for the win. Having scored three tries to two, the Reds were disappointed to finish on the losing side, but it was three superb kicks from the Forrester stand-off which proved the difference between the sides.

This Saturday the Reds are at home again against Dunbar in BT East 1, while the 2s are away at Preston Lodge. Kick-offs are now 2pm.

Following the home match, Mains Park will host the town’s fireworks display, a major community venture for the club.

Family tickets are just £10 and available from the club, Far from The Madding Crowd, The News Shop, Norman Cummings, Linlithgow Bridge Spar, Alexanders on Preston Road, the Braehead Shop and the Dolphin Cafe in the rugby club car park.