Selkirk 'A' dig deep for victory
SELKIRK 'A' got back to winning ways at McKane
Park on Saturday, notching a hard-fought victory over a big Dunfermline team to clinch the Division Three points.
Although the match was played in bright, sunny conditions without a breath of wind, the black, glutinous playing
surface tested the stamina of both sides.
The visitors got off to a flying start when full-back Michael Jaffray made a 40-metre break from his own '22',
with Craig Hunter carrying on the move before slipping the ball to scrum-half Bruce Armstrong, who touched down
under the posts. Gavin Craig kicked the conversion.
Dunfermline hit back through a Gribbin penalty, but soon afterwards Hunter engineered a clever outside break following
a tap penalty to score wide out. This made the halftime score 12-3 to Selkirk, who had earlier lost the services
of hooker Alan Marshall with a leg knock.
After the interval it was Dunfermline - under the charge of former Selkirk coach Barry Hughes - who stepped up
a gear, and only a superb, bone-crunching tackle by Keith Connor prevented a certain home try as the Fifers laid
siege to Selkirk's line.
Eventually the home side did manage a score from turnover ball, and for a while it looked as though the Souters
might surrender their advantage. However, a wonderful solo try by Armstrong, who weaved his way past four Dunfermline
defenders following a scrum pick-up 25 metres out, knocked the heart out of the home team. Craig's successful conversion
ended the scoring.
Full credit must go to all the Selkirk 'A' players for never giving up against physically stronger opponents, with
the back row of Bryan Hoggan, Neil Brown and Ryan Crockatt deserving special mention for putting in the hard yards
SELKIRK - M. Jaffray, C. Hunter,
S. Hendrie, C. Cochrane, G. Fairbairn, G. Craig, B. Armstrong, J. Stephen, I. Walling, G. Patterson, K. Connor,
S. Renwick, R. Crockatt, B. Hoggan, N. Brown. Replacements (all used) - G. Hancock, T. Walling, A. Marshall, G.
Jeffrey, M. Rodgerson.
Referee - G. Cairns (Bannockburn).