Late double sees Reds fall
Linlithgow Reds slumped to a 12-3 home loss to Duns in the East League Division One after their Mains Park pitch passed a morning inspection.
Missing key players, including captain Craig Scott and backs Jack Frame and Mark Green, the Reds were unable to really get going against a tough Duns side.
For most of the first half the hosts were under pressure as the visitors showed why they were sitting third in the table.
However, terrific defending would force turnovers in key spots with the sides somehow going into the break without a score on the board.
The Reds now had the breeze at their back and they finally were able to put together some attacking play in the early stages.
They were able to get their noses in front as Rab Cairns slotted a penalty through the posts and it seemed that the game was turning in their favour.
The Reds went agonisingly close to grabbing the first try as Andrew Whitelaw’s clever chip bounced back over his head when he seemed certain to score.
Matches often turn on fine margins and Duns would promptly go up the pitch and score in the corner to put themselves 5-3 in front.
And they weren’t done there either as they would rub salt in the wounds with a late converted try to seal the victory and take away a losing bonus point for Linlithgow.
The Reds will have to wait to get back to winning ways as they have no fixture this weekend.
Defeat Rab Cairns scored Linlithgow’s only points