Late dou­ble sees Reds fall

West Lothian Courier - - Sports -

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

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