East Lothian Courier

North Berwick bounce back from defeats to win well in the Capital

- Murrayfiel­d Wanderers 7 North Berwick 35

NORTH Berwick were looking to bounce back after two defeats and they did exactly that with a good win away to Murrayfiel­d.

The ninth victory of the season lifted the Recreation Park side back into fourth spot in National League Division Four.

The county side looked more like themselves this week with a solid and cohesive performanc­e by the pack and some good line breaks from the backs.

North Berwick ran in five tries and linkages and patterns worked well from one to 15.

The visitors applied pressure from the start with good carries from Dove, Allan, Chapman and Lorimer but lacked the composure to finish off some good moves as the final pass went astray.

However, the pressure did result in a penalty on the 10-metre line on 10 minutes and Alex Williams stepped up to slot the three points and settle any early nerves.

The try breakthrou­gh came on 19 minutes when the pack combined well to gain ground. They kept the momentum going with a quick tap and Kristian Thompson drove and tipped the ball to Lorimer, who repeated the play, and Craig Allan crashed over for a well-deserved try. Williams converted and it was 10-0 to North Berwick.

The visitors’ lineout functioned well all day, with Boswell and Chapman dominating in the catch and disrupting the Murrayfiel­d ball throughout.

A take on the halfway line saw Iain Dove drive and make excellent ground with strong support. Good ball recycling and handling resulted in Chapman taking the tip on an inside line and barrelling over for try number two on 26 minutes.

Murrayfiel­d responded well and applied a similar close-range drive approach that saw them take a lineout in the North Berwick 22 and go over for a try after three follow-up phases opened up a gap.

That meant that North Berwick held a 15-7 advantage at the half-time break.

The second half started in a similar fashion to the first, with early pressure and good ball retention resulting in Murrayfiel­d infringeme­nts.

Williams took the three points on 45 minutes to extend the North Berwick lead to 18-7.

A try for the visitors followed five minutes later when, from a scrum on the 10-metre line, Milan Stewart hit a switch line that broke the Murrayfiel­d back line. From the recycled ball, Toby Arnold took the outside pass to go over to make the score 23-7 in North Berwick’s favour.

Scores followed in the closing stages as North Berwick found more gaps, ran hard and added pace.

Nathan Teague, who was busy all day making yards, and then Williams both finished off the scoring.

North Berwick will be pleased to get back to winning ways and looking for a repeat performanc­e in the remaining three league games.

Despite being a Six Nations weekend, they are in action on Saturday, travelling to Garnock to test themselves against the league leaders.

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