Selkirk 22 Cartha Queen's Park 14 (Sat 19th January)
SAFE PAIR OF HANDS. Selkirk lock Eddie Gauché secures line-out possession during Saturday's Prem. 2 victory over Cartha Queen's Park at Philiphaugh.
Given Cartha's precarious position in Premier Division
2, Selkirk were prepared for a competitive tussle on Saturday. The threat of relegation brings out a fighting spirit
that can easily upset the form book and the Glasgow team was desperate to bring the Souters' bandwagon to a halt.
The Philiphaugh pitch was soft after heavy mid-week rain as the match kicked off on a cold dry day in front of
a decent crowd. The opening passages of play were strewn with uncharacteristic Selkirk mistakes and the CQP players
were settling into their stride much better than the home team. However, in the 15th minute, a typical break from
deep by full-back Fraser Harkness opened up the CQP defences and his belligerent run culminated with winger Scott
Hendrie racing in for a sparkling try thanks to good support play from Martin Murray and Ross Armstrong. David
Cassidy, on his return from injury, stroked over the conversion to give Selkirk a 7-0 lead. To their credit, Cartha
enjoyed a good spell of sustained pressure and territorial advantage as their well drilled pack moved into top
gear. The home supporters were silenced when a CQP catch and drive move from a lineout 15 metres from the Selkirk
line resulted in Gavin Robertson being driven over for the touchdown. Stand-off Andrew White brought the scores
level with a successful conversion. Selkirk were stung into action after this upset and some excellent forward
work was rewarded with a try for prop Martin Murray on the half hour mark. Cassidy added the conversion to give
the Souters a narrow 14-7 lead.
GREAT SCOTT! Centre Ross Armstrong congratulates try-scorer Scott Hendrie as Selkirk take an early lead in Saturday's match against Cartha Queen's Park at Philiphaugh.