Selkirk 'A' 7, Gala 2nds 25

Missed kicks prove costly as Selkirk 'A' forced to give second best to Gala rivals

DESPITE having the lion's share of both territory and possession in the first half of Saturday's Borders Farm Supplies Border Championship fixture at Philiphaugh, Selkirk 'A' found themselves 9-7 in arrears at halftime.

A series of missed penalty kicks in the first half came back to haunt the home team in the second period, with Gala stand-off Dean Keddie kicking a total of six penalties throughout the contest to seal victory for the visitors.

Selkirk got off to a bright start, and struck first blood when Jason Hendrie crossed for a fine try following a move involving Fraser Jack, Andrew Millar, Callum Marshall and Jim Ross. The conversion was added by Darren Scott.

Selkirk continued to press, but were unable to take advantage when the visitors had a forward yellow-carded by the exchange referee from Manchester. Three penalties from the boot of Keddie gave the Maroons an interval lead of 9-7.

Another Keddie penalty followed shortly after the break, before Shaun Law sliced through the Selkirk midfield to score close to the posts. Keddie converted, and followed this up with a further two penalties to settle the result in the visitors' favour.

A special mention must go to Selkirk prop Lindsay Carrick, who answered the coaches' SOS when it became clear the home team were short of props, while it was good to see Jim Ross back in the side for his first appearance of the season.

SELKIRK - G. Blair, J. Ross, C. MacDougall, J. Hendrie, A. Godsmark, D. Scott, F. Jack, R. Price, S. Rodgerson, L. Carrick, D. Purves, C. Marshall, A. Millar, A. Renwick, C. Johnston. Replacements: C. Davies, M. Robertson, R. Henderson, B. Purves, K. Connor, S. Macdonald, S. Tough, R. Cook.

TOUGH GOING. Selkirk 'A' try scorer Jason Hendrie finds his path blocked during Saturday's match against Gala 2nds at Philiphaugh. (Picture: Grant Kinghorn)