Musselburgh 2nds v Selkirk 'A'

Selkirk A back in the groove

A FIVE-STAR display by Selkirk A's young players against a big, experienced Musselburgh 2nds side was enough to bag the Souters full points at Pinkie on Saturday. The win keeps Selkirk well in the 2nd XV Leagues' Division Three promotion race.

After the well drilled home side had taken an early lead, two fine individual tries from Selkirk's speedy full-back Craig Hunter stiffened the visitors' resolve, and after the match visiting coach Brian Cassidy had nothing but praise for his young charges.

"We had to step up a gear today, and the boys did everything that was asked of them. After our recent loss to Preston Lodge the team needed to come back up here and rediscover their self-belief, and to their credit the players did just that."

Selkirk's back division played some attractive, attacking rugby to keep the Musselburgh defence at full stretch, with all but one of the visitors' five tries being scored by a threequarter.

In addition to Hunter's double, tries came from David Gray, Greg Fairbairn and Gary Lyall, the latter adding a penalty and four conversions.

Former 1st XV captain Cameron Cochrane made his comeback after injury in the match, while Gordon Patterson, Robert Conway and Neil Brown all deserve mention in dispatches for a job well done.

SELKIRK - C. Hunter, G. Fairbairn, G. Lyall, C. Cochrane, T. Walling, G. Craig, F. Jack, G. Patterson, A. Marshall, D. Lithgow, R. Conway, K. Connor, N. Brown, I. Walling, D. Gray. Replacements: A. Lyall, M. Rodgerson.

Craig Hunter - ran well
for brace of tries.