Selkirk 'A' edge home in second
AFTER three weeks without a game, Selkirk A's players showed little rustiness as they opened their Border District
League campaign with a hard-fought victory over Peebles 2nds at The Gytes on Thursday night.
The visitors opened the scoring with a Gary Lyall penalty, before Peebles edged ahead thanks to a try from Craig
Elliot converted by Keith Nisbet. Midway through the half Selkirk regained the lead when fly-half Gavin Craig forced
a turnover and fed wing Tom Walling, who went over for a try.
Peebles hit back through Jamie Downie's try, converted by Nisbet, but just before the interval Selkirk lock Darren
Vevers was driven over by his fellow forwards for a try, leaving the visitors trailing 14-13.
A second Gary Lyall penalty saw Selkirk move in front, but a yellow card for prop Kenny Lamont meant the visitors
had to survive a spell of intense Peebles pressure. Lyall's second penalty completed the scoring, giving Selkirk
a narrow but deserved win.
Selkirk were unlucky to lose David Gray with a nasty mouth injury after just five minutes, but Neil Brown held
the back row together well in his absence. Special mention must also go to half-backs Fraser Jack and Gavin Craig,
both of whom were at their top of their game.
This Saturday Selkirk 'A' have a Division 3 game against Musselburgh 2nds at Philiphaugh.
SELKIRK - B. Armstrong, C. Hunter, A. Lyall, G. Blair, S. Jack, G. Craig, F. Jack, J. Stephens, I. Walling, G.
Ruthven, M. Barnett, D. Vevers, N. Brown, D. Gray, R. Cook. Replacements (all used): G. Fairbairn, S. Tomlinson,
G. Hancock, D. Lithgow, S. Rodgerson, G. MacDougall.
Gavin Craig - one of Selkirk's
best players on the night.