Ross High 24

Langholm 21

ROSS High’s impressive start to life in East 2 continued as they beat previously undefeated Langholm on Saturday.

The visitors let slip an 11-point lead as they fell to their first league defeat of the season, but they did manage to end Ross High’s run of not conceding a try.

That ended early on when Jonathan Wilkes went over for Langholm. Nathan Smith converted but Ross High hit back almost immediately as Liam Law scored a solo effort after kicking ahead and winning the foot race to touch down.

Langholm found faults previously undiscovered in the Ross High defence and scored a second try when Niall Cubbon took advantage of an overlap to score out wide.

Smith converted again for 5-14 but Ross scored their second try when Nathan Hood bundled his way over.

He was off-target with the conversion and Ross turned round four points behind, while Hood missed a penalty attempt early in the second half.

The home side then lost prop Josh Milne to the sin bin and Langholm took advantage as they rumbled over through veteran prop Jason Ratcliffe.

Smith’s conversion took the score to 10-21 before Ross mounted their comeback.

Captain Ryan Strachan started things off as he scored in the corner after a strong Ross scrum, while Hood’s conversion cut the gap to four.

And the decisive score game in the final minute as Ross High stand-off Matthew Martin broke Langholm’s resistance and scored, with Hood’s conversion giving the hosts a three-point cushion.

The Tranent outfit will hope to maintain their 100 per cent record as they travel to 11th-place Leith on Saturday.