Livi left with bit­ter a taste

West Lothian Courier - - Sports View - For­rester ............. 24 Liv­ingston........... 16

Liv­ingston were un­able to make it four wins on the bounce as they fell to a nar­row 24-16 de­feat in a tough clash away at For­rester.

The vis­i­tors started brightly and a ter­rific de­fen­sive per­for­mance saw them take a 9-0 lead into the break.

The hosts got them­selves on the board thanks to a penalty but Livi promptly went up the other end and got the game’s first try.

Hav­ing been awarded a penalty, the vis­i­tors elected for the scrum and their su­pe­rior strength was too much for the hosts to deal with as Livi sim­ply bull­dozed their way over the line, with Con­nor Clark be­ing the one to score.

The con­ver­sion made it 16-3 to the away side be­fore the wheels came off thanks to a pair of yel­low cards for Kerr An­der­son and Gra­ham Steel.

The hosts stated all of their front row were in­jured and they had no suit­able re­place­ments, mean­ing that un­con­tested scrums were now the or­der of the day. How­ever, this ap­peared to be games­man­ship on their part in or­der to nul­lify Livi’s dom­i­nance in that de­part­ment.

It worked a treat as For­rester went on to score 21 unan­swered points dur­ing the re­main­der of the match to seal a come-from-be­hind vic­tory.

That the fi­nal try was con­verted was a par­tic­u­larly bit­ter pill to swal­low for Livi as they were de­nied even a los­ing bonus point for their ef­forts.

After bounc­ing back in style from their open­ing day loss, Liv­ingston now fall to fourth in the East League Di­vi­sion One ta­ble.

They have a bye this week­end with their next clash be­ing at home to Broughton on Oc­to­ber 7.

Valiant ef­fort Kerr An­der­son in ac­tion for Livi

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