Dunfermline kicked off playing towards the town end but the home side immediately went on the attack as they endeavoured to add a second successive home victory.
Concerted pressure on the visitors defence led to a succession of penalties and after two minutes play Niall Cubbon
slotted from his first attempt for a lead which would not be given up throughout the match.
At this point Langholm were in total control of the game and forwards and backs were linking well to produce some stirring rugby and from concerted pressure close to the line were awarded a 5m scrum which produced quick ball and from a back row move which was held close to the line the ball was recycled by David Irving
to Keith Davidson
and then to Cubbon who nipped through the defence for a try which he also converted for a ten point lead after only five minutes.
Just at the end of the first quarter some more clever play from the base of the scrum on half way took play to within 30 metres of the Dunfermline line and when they were guilty of entering the ruck from the side scrum half Irving, back for his first game of the season, took one of his now trademark quick penalties and scampered fully 30 metres unopposed through the sleeping defence to score a try which Cubbon converted.
As Dunfermline began to apply some pressure on the Langholm defence Lewis Miller was extremely to be shown a yellow card by a referee who was penalising both sides equally and when the visitors were guilty of a string of penalties on their own line late in the game he never deemed to card any infringers.
However, Langholm showed great resolve during this period and held out under intense pressure from attacking scrums and did in fact turn defence into attack and took play back down field and spent most of the time whilst a man short camped firmly in the Dunfermline 22.
No further scoring occurred and half time arrived with the home side 17 nil in front. During the first half Howatson replaced Tyler (elbow) and Rose replaced Cubbon (knee).
Dunfermline came out after the break in more determined mood and began to string together some good attacking rugby. From a free kick from a scrum they put in a clever kick toward the scoreboard corner and their winger was on hand to gather and score an unconverted try, the difficult conversion attempt from the touchline fell just short.
Play was fairly even for the remainder of the third period as both teams fought out a fairly even contest which, on the whole, was played in a good nature between two sides intent on playing good rugby within the spirit of the game.
The visitors added a further try, this time converted, from a series of close range rucks after the Langholm defence held firm for a lengthy spell camped on their own line. The home side took play back down to the other end as they tried to add a further score but only resolute defence, and a string of infringements held them out. Davidson kicked cleverly from hand to keep turning the Dunfermline pack, Stuart Graham
put in another useful display at the base of the scrum and Irving was solid at scrum half and the visiting number 8 must have been pleased to get back on the bus and see the back of him. Steven Devlin
and Scott Howatson
both put in numerous good tackles, one from Devlin right in front of the clubhouse to save a certain score.
Team; Colin Jardine
, Alisdair Cavers, Neil Cully
, Niall Cubbon
, Richard Mackay
, Keith Davidson
and David Irving
; Cammy Little
, Steven Devlin
, Jason Ratcliffe
, Alan Tyler, Steven Nicol
, Jordan Reid
, Lewis Miller and Stuart Graham
; rep Scott Howatson
, Murray Rose
and Sean Potts