De­pleted Lin­lith­gow find it hard in Bor­ders

Signs of im­prove­ment de­spite another de­feat for Reds

West Lothian Courier - - Sports View - Haw­ick H’quins .. 33 Lin­lith­gow R .... 10

Ken Richard­son Lin­lith­gow Reds are still search­ing for their first win of the sea­son after suf­fer­ing a 33-10 de­feat to Haw­ick Har­lequins.

The Reds made the trip to Haw­ick with a squad partly de­pleted by in­juries and some play­ers be­ing un­avail­able as well as a late call-off due to ill­ness.

Quins at home are a tough propo­si­tion, as their ex­cel­lent record last sea­son bore out, so it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough propo­si­tion to get any­thing from the con­test and so it proved.

With An­drew Archer a late calloff, Kieran Cochrane stepped up into the squad for his full Reds de­but join­ing his un­der-18 team­mate from last sea­son, Gre­gor Ste­wart, who was play­ing only his sec­ond match as a Red.

De­spite the score­line, the Reds gave a de­cent ac­count of them­selves and the game was pretty even, with the hosts sim­ply mak­ing the most of their chances.

The vis­i­tors showed an im­proved per­for­mance in sev­eral as­pects of the game – the for­wards car­ried bet­ter than pre­vi­ous weeks and the line-out was gen­er­ally much im­proved.

The backs also showed signs of get­ting bet­ter in at­tack with im­proved depth and width at times.

Lin­lith­gow cre­ated chances to score but did not take them through poor de­ci­sion mak­ing which would prove costly.

There were lots of pos­i­tive signs, how­ever the play­ers need to learn from de­ci­sion mak­ing er­rors and make the nec­es­sary ad­just­ments for fu­ture matches.

Although Quins scored five tries in the match to the Reds’ two – one from Lewis Herd­man and one from Mark Cad­dle – three were soft scores as a re­sult of poor tack­ling and de­fen­sive lapses caused by lack of con­cen­tra­tion.

It was no co­in­ci­dence, there­fore, that the fi­nal deficit was three con­verted tries.

Tack­ling and phys­i­cal­ity in de­fence needs to im­prove if the Reds are to start climb­ing the ta­ble but there are at least signs of tal­ent and pos­i­tiv­ity amongst the squad.

The hosts were the worth win­ners and were gen­er­ally more street­wise dur­ing the course of the 80 min­utes, how­ever the fi­nal score was harsh on the bat­tling Reds play­ers.

They will be look­ing to avoid a fifth straight de­feat to start the cam­paign when they host a Por­to­bello side with two wins and three losses to their name.

While the re­sult for the First XV was a dis­ap­point­ment,the Sec­ond XV scored a stun­ning 55-0 vic­tory over Lis­more/Por­to­bello.

Cal Thom­son was star of the show with five tries while Cammy Walker, Ally Walker, Ste­vie Grant and Con­nall Black also scored.

Mean­while at the club, the Wee Reds will be host­ing their an­nual Mini Tour­na­ment.

Matches kick off at 11am on the four pitches at the club.

The Wee Reds set to wel­come trav­el­ling teams from East Kil­bride, Wat­so­ni­ans, For­rester, Gala, Stra­then­drick and Big­gar, mak­ing it a to­tal of around 400 young­sters ex­pected to com­pete on the day.

On the run Mark Cad­dle sprints through the Haw­ick de­fence (Pic: Gra­ham Black)

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