Selkirk 'A' 22, Gala 2nds 10

Selkirk 'A' too strong for Maroons in league match-up at Philiphaugh

John Everitt - scored Selkirk's third try.

A GOOD all-round display saw Selkirk consolidate their third place position in the Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship with victory over old rivals Gala at Philiphaugh on Saturday.
One of the most heartening aspects of the afternoon was the successful return to action of utility threequarter Alistair Lyall, sidelined by a wrist fracture since the 1st XV's P2 game against Stirling County on January 6.

On a heavy pitch, Selkirk enjoyed all the early pressure and went ahead in the ninth minute when another member of the Lyall clan, full-back Jamie, kicked a penalty.

The home team stretched further ahead when a run out of defence and chip to the line by skipper Fraser Jack saw Gala concede a 5-metre scrum. Stand-off Michael McVie's well-timed pass sent Alistair Lyall bursting through the middle, and Struan Jack was up in support to crash over for a try.

Just before the interval Ross Nixon broke through the middle and switched the ball inside to Struan Jack. The powerful wing surged past a clutch of defenders, before bulldozing his way over for a second try - despite two defenders still trying to haul him back. The try was converted by Jamie Lyall, giving Selkirk a 15-0 halftime lead.

A try by Gala wing Sean Law early in the second half saw the Maroons cut the deficit, but a quickly taken tap penalty minutes later saw John Everitt scamper over for a try to make it 22-5.

In the last quarter the Gala pack drove over from a line-out to notch a second touchdown, but from then on Selkirk's defence held firm, with Scott Tomlinson and Ray Price in particular showing up well.

SELKIRK - J. Lyall, T. Walling, J. Ross, R. Nixon, S. Jack, F. Jack, J. Stephens, E. Robbie, R. Price, K. Connor, R. Cook, A. Millar, S. Tomlinson, J. Everitt. Replacements - S. Rodgerson, M. Rodgerson, J. Duncan, P. Smail, A. Lyall.