Selkirk 'A' 19, Hawick YM 20

Redskins' late penalty sinks plucky Selkirk 'A' youngsters

HAWICK YM gained revenge for the defeat Selkirk inflicted on them in December, with a narrow win over the Souters on Saturday at Philiphaugh. Leading 19-17 with minutes to go, the home team conceded a penalty in front of their own posts, allowing the visitors to kick the goal and seal victory.

Selkirk had got off to a flying start with a sparkling try after 10 minutes. Skipper Fraser Jack broke out of his own '22' and found Jamie Lyall up in support. The full-back was stopped just short of the line, but the ball was quickly switched to the other flank, where Ryan Crockatt sent John Everitt crashing over for a try in the corner.

Hawick YM hit back with two tries, one of which was converted, to put them 12-5 in front at the interval.

With one of the visitors' players in the sin bin, Selkirk took advantage to level the scores. A surge by wing Struan Jack was carried on by lock Paul Smail, with Richard Cook on hand to sprint over for a try, converted by Lyall.

A third try by the visitors put Hawick YM back in front, but Selkirk regained the lead when Youth Club player Scott McDonald's charge upfield resulted in Tom Walling following up his own kick ahead to touch down. Lyall's conversion edged the home side 19-17 ahead.

Despite having a second player yellow-carded, Hawick YM kept their composure and won this friendly fixture with a late penalty.

Selkirk's young team showed plenty of resolve against heavier and more experienced opponents, with Youth Club skipper David Purves always in the thick of the action, and Jamie Lyall having another solid game at full-back.

SELKIRK - J. Lyall, S. Jack, R. Nixon, F. Jack, R. Millar, M. Jaffray, M. McVie, B. Reid, R. Crockatt, B. Rawcliffe, S. Renwick, M. Rodgerson, R. Cook, S. Rodgerson, J. Everitt. Replacements - N. Brown, J. Duncan, P. Smail, S. McDonald, G. MacDougall, D. Purves, T. Walling, D. Lawson, R. Henderson, R. Price.

TOUGH GOING. Selkirk 'A' full-back Jamie Lyall finds himself under double coverage in Saturday's game against Hawick YM at Philiphaugh. (Picture: Grant Kinghorn)