Selkirk 'A' denied at the death
in top of table clash
A HEROIC performance by Selkirk 'A' saw the Souters
come within a hairsbreadth of toppling Division Three leaders Dundee HSFP in Saturday's crunch National 2nd XV
League showdown at Mayfield.
With the game well into injury time, it looked as though the visitors would inflict the first defeat of the season
on Dundee, but a drop-goal by the home stand-off with the last kick of the match snatched a draw and preserved
the hosts' unbeaten record.
"The boys really did the club proud today," Selkirk 'A' manager Bryan Hoggan said after the game. "Dundee
are a very good side, but the Selkirk players refused to buckle and tackled themselves to a standstill. It was
a magnificent effort by the whole team."
No-one did more for the visitors' cause than David Gray. Normally a back row player, the Lindean student adapted
well to his new role at lock, and inspired his team-mates with a display of non-stop running and tackling. Centre
Neil Brown was in equally defiant mood, making the midfield a 'no-go' area for Dundee's threequarters.
Full-back Guy Blair opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty, but Dundee hit back with a converted try
after Darren Vevers had been yellow-carded to lead 7-3 at the interval.
Earlier in the second period a rumbling charge upfield by Jimmy Stephens resulted in a penalty to the visitors,
with Blair making no mistake with the kick. Soon afterwards skipper Fraser Jack broke from the base of the scrum
to send Bruce Armstrong over for a try, and Blair converted to restore Selkirk's lead.
As the game wore on Dundee began to exert more and more pressure on the Selkirk try line, and with the very last
kick of the game the home side managed to salvage a draw.
SELKIRK - G. Blair, S. Jack, N. Brown, M. Jaffray, B. Armstrong, G. Craig, F. Jack, Colin Kemp, A. Marshall (rep.
S. Rodgerson), J. Stephens, D. Gray, D. Vevers, G. Hancock, J. Ross, R. Cook.
David Gray - inspired
display for Selkirk.