LINLITHGOW took part in what was the first of three pre-season games against Forrester RFC last weekend.
Twenty-seven of the Reds’ senior players were on hand to go through their paces.
The club’s director of rugby, Jon Blundell said: “It might be cliché but, in a pre-season friendly, performances are more important than results.
‘‘The players have worked hard on fitness and drills. They now want to take those into a proper game of rugby.
‘‘It was an encouraging start and we need to build on the positives and work on the weaknesses. I hope our guests from Forrester found it as useful as we did.”
While Jon was clear that the result was not as important as the chance to play competitively, he was pleased the Reds ran out comfortable winners.
They won the first 7-0 and the home side virtually changed the whole team for the second session. Forrester pressed hard throughout and pushed Linlithgow on to the defensive but Reds ran out winners of this session 12-7.
Forrester continued their good performance into the third session. Linlithgow did not look comfortable and it was no surprise when Forrester took an an early lead with a converted try which levelled the session score to 7-7.
Reds stepped up their game during the last session.
The first try of the session was the pick of the day, when Stu Jamieson quickly fed the ball from a line-out to Murdoch.
His pass found Ross Martin and he looked certain to score when a good tackle brought him down.
Alistair Wood took Martin’s pass to touch down, leaving a relatively simple conversion for Dixon.
Two more tries followed. Callum Townsend broke up the monopoly of forwards’ scoring when the centre broke through and used his speed to outpace the visitors’ defence. Again, Matt Dixon converted. But after Matthew Archer scored in the corner, Dixon saw his last, difficult kick come back off the post. This resulted in score of 19-0 to the Reds for the last session.