Selkirk'A' 3, Hamilton 2nds 13

Selkirk 'A' halted by Hamilton

SELKIRK'S promotion challenge effectively came to an end at Philiphaugh on Saturday, where Hamilton gained revenge for the defeat inflicted on them by the Souters earlier in the season at Laigh Bent.

The visitors' bigger and physically stronger pack laid the foundations for their Division Three victory, although Selkirk deserve credit for battling gamely to the final whistle.

Because of a shortage of half-backs, 1st XV hooker Darren Hoggan pulled on the No. 9 jersey in his first full match since November 14, while Cammy Cochrane moved from centre to take over the fly-half berth.

Both players did everything they could to turn things around for the home team, but eventually the power and experience of the Hamilton forwards proved decisive.

Selkirk hooker Alan Marshall continues to improve with every game, and coach Brian Cassidy will be hoping the injury which sidelined him in the second half isn't too serious.

Selkirk's only points came from a Gary Lyall penalty in the first half, with Hamilton scoring a try either side of halftime to take the Scottish 2nd XV League spoils.

SELKIRK - C. Hunter, T. Walling, M. Jaffray, G. Lyall, G. Fairbairn, C. Cochrane, D. Hoggan, J. Stephens, A. Marshall, G. Patterson, G. Jeffrey, S. Renwick, B. Hoggan, D. Gray, N. Brown. Replacements (all used) - G. Alexander, K. Connor, R. Conway, G. Hancock.

Alan Marshall - another
good display for Selkirk.