Linlithgow 2nds 6, Stormers 13

A Storming display

THE Stormers won their first away game at Linlithgow with a hard-fought victory in a game which could have gone either way.
On a very soft pitch, Stormers showed great spirit and hard work to come away with this win. They started slowly and went behind to a drop goal after 20 minutes.
Some good handling in the backs, passing the ball wide, allowed Ben Purves some space to break through Linlithgow's defence to score near the posts, Chris Shand converting to give the Stormers the lead at half-time.
The conditions were not great for open running rugby; therefore it was a hard physical battle up front and all of the forwards put in a great effort to get the better of a very strong Linlithgow pack, which dominated the scrums and line-outs.
Shand kicked a penalty early in the second half only for Linlithgow to reply soon after with a penalty of their own. Another Shand penalty midway through the second half extended their lead again.
Stormers' forwards finished strongly, coming close to driving over on a few occasions, but some strong defending kept them out.
All of the forwards put themselves in contention for the Man-of-the-Match award, which was given to Alan Lambie.
Stormers have three weeks free of league fixtures, but have friendly against Reserve East 3 table-toppers, Preston Lodge 2nds, this week.