Preston Lodge 14

Lasswade 33

PRESTON Lodge lost their 100 per cent home record as Lasswade produced a polished performance to claim victory on Saturday.

Lasswade stormed into an early 0-14 lead as a result of two tries from full-back Russell Gladstone, both of which were converted by Andrew Bell.

After struggling to find their feet in the early stages, PL soon settled into a better rhythm and they started to look the better of the two sides during the second quarter.

They got their first points on the board in the 22 minute when stand-off Robbie Griffin received the ball near his own 22 and then sprinted the length of the field with the opposition hardly laying a finger on him before touching down. Brian Walls converted to halve the deficit.

Griffin followed up his earlier good work with another break in the 32nd minute but this time the move faltered before a stunning tap tackle by Jonathan Brash denied Lasswade a third try.

And the home side levelled the scores when Jack Gordon spotted a gap in the visitors’ defence and dived through to score.

Ex-Musselburgh man Walls converted and the sides turned round locked at 14-14.

The second half was dominated by the Midlothian men, however, as James Elliot scored their third try early in the half, with Bell’s conversion giving Lasswade a seven-point cushion.

Craig Quigley and Aaran Thomas scored two late tries as the visitors, who are coached by ex-Haddington prop Craig Adam, wrapped up maximum points.

PL will hope to bounce back as they travel to Fife on Saturday to play league leaders Kirkcaldy.

Preston Lodge: J Brash, P Glynn, D Gordon, B Robertson, A Penrose; R Griffin, B Walls; C Anderson, R Mackie, L Reynolds, J Sked, A Vince, J Gordon, J Riley, C Dixon.