Selkirk 'A' 44, Gala Juniors 7

Selkirk 'A' outgun Gala counterparts

THE home team proved too strong for Gala Juniors' young side in Wednesday's friendly match at Philiphaugh, outscoring their local rivals by eight tries to one.

Although fielding several youngsters themselves - including Youth Club debutant Scott Hendrie - it was the contribution made by Selkirk's 'old heads' which helped turn the tide in the home team's favour.

Scrum-half Fraser Jack had a particularly productive afternoon, making a number of telling breaks and some equally important tackles, while evergreen full-back Bruce Armstrong always posed a threat when in possession.

Senior squad members Guy Blair and Rob Taylor used the contest to clock up valuable game time following prolonged injury lay-offs, and both Selkirk players came through the match unscathed.

Gala had the wind at their backs in the first half, but couldn't capitalise on Lewis Playfair's booming positional kicks and Lewis Roden's foraging in the loose.

Selkirk opened the scoring through a David Gray try, seconds after Taylor was deemed to have knocked on in the act of stretching for a touchdown. Soon afterwards Greg Fairbairn increased the home side's lead with a try near the corner.

Just before the interval a powerful run by Jim Ross put the visitors on the back foot, and with Chris Kemp acting as the link man, Armstrong scampered home for a well-worked try. Gavin Craig's conversion gave Selkirk a 17-0 halftime lead.

Following good approach work by Craig and Michael Jaffray, Taylor scored a try for Selkirk within minutes of the restart, with Craig's conversion putting the result beyond doubt.

Further home tries came from Fraser Jack, Steven Renwick, Gavin Craig and Brian Hoggan (making a welcome comeback after injury), with Gala finally getting on the scoreboard through an Alan Wood try converted by Kevin Gallagher.

SELKIRK A - B. Armstrong, G. Fairbairn, G. Blair, M. Jaffray, G. Craig, F. Jack, R. Taylor, A. Marshall, G. Ruthven, S. Renwick, K. Connor, D. Gray, C. Kemp, R. Crockatt. Replacements (all used): G. Hancock G. Jeffrey, M. Rodgerson, I. Walling, N. Purves, J. Ross, B. Hoggan, N. Brown.

GALA JUNIORS - D. Lee, D. Wood, A. Wood, J. McGlashan, B. Dodds, L. Playfair, K. Gallagher, M. Lees, L. Roden, M. Christie, A. Ballantyne, J. Bertram, G. Millar, P. McMillan, M. Horsburgh. Replacements (all used): M. Christie, K. Marshall, C. Keddie, R. Paterson, J. McEntee.

Referee - K. Robertson (Jed Thistle).