Jed-Forest 2nds 7, Selkirk 'A' 27

Slick Selkirk 'A' take the wind out of Royal Blues' sails

A SOLID team display saw Selkirk 'A' notch an impressive victory over Jed-Forest 2nds in Thursday night's Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship fixture at Riverside Park.

Despite playing into the strong wind in the first half, Selkirk 'A' still managed to spend most of this period camped in Jed-Forest's half, and after the interval the Souters made far better use of the elements to secure a win and move above the Royal Blues into second place in the league.

It was the home team who opened the scoring in the fourth minute, when a series of missed tackles allowed strong-running full-back David Gobby to score a try wide on the right. Tom Elliot's successful conversion kick put Jed 7-0 ahead.

Two penalties by Selkirk fly-half Guy Blair cut the deficit, although the visitors had suffered an early setback when hooker Ryan Crockatt was forced to leave the field with a shoulder injury, his place being taken by Jimmy Stephens.

Just before halftime Selkirk had a series of scrums on Jed's 5-metre line after Andrew Millar had fly-hacked the ball up the field and secured possession. However, the home defence held firm and the sides turned round with Jed 7-6 in front.

Blair's thumping line kicks soon had the Riverside team pinned in their own 22, and from a fine line-out take by John Everitt the ball was switched to Scott Tomlinson in full flight, and the flanker crashed over for a try, converted by Blair.

Soon afterwards lock Paul Smail won turnover ball for Selkirk, and after Stephens had been stamped on, a quickly taken tap penalty saw Ross Nixon sprint over the line for a well worked try. Blair's conversion stretched the visitors' lead to 20-7.

A bout of fisticuffs saw Jed's Chris Shaw and Selkirk's Ray Price sent to the sin bin, resulting in all scrums being uncontested. During these players' absence Selkirk scored their final try, when Jim Ross was up in support to take Tomlinson's off-load and touch down. Blair's conversion ended the scoring, bringing down the curtain on a fine win.

Referee - K. Robertson (Kelso).

SELKIRK - J. Lyall, S. Jack, R. Nixon, F. Jack, M. Jaffray, G. Blair, M. McVie, R. Price, R. Crockatt, B. Rawcliffe, K. Connor, S. Renwick, S. Tomlinson, A. Millar, J. Everitt. Replacements: M. Rodgerson, S. Rodgerson, S. Hendrie, P. Smail, A. Lyall, J. Stephens.