Selkirk 'A' 20, Haddington 2nds 6

Selkirk 'A' clinch second spot in championship table after fine victory over Haddington

UNITED FRONT. The Selkirk 'A' team and its coaches and manager line up for a photo call prior to the start of Saturday's league game against Haddington 2nds.

THUD FOR RUD. Despite being tackled by a Haddington player, Selkirk's Michael Rutherford still manages to make the ball available as team-mate Ali Dickson prepares to carry on the move. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

FACED by a strong Haddington team sitting just above them in the Border Farm Supplies Championship, Selkirk 'A' showed their true mettle by coming away with a solid and well deserved victory on the Burnmill pitch on Saturday.

N-one did more for the home side's cause than openside flanker David Gray, who now appears to be back to full fitness and form after a lengthy period of rehabilitation following an leg injury sustained in last season's Border League play-off victory over Jed-Forest.

The young Lindean farmer was a constant thorn in the visitors' side all afternoon, both through his rock-solid defence and recovery work at the breakdown. He was aided and abetted by fellow wing-forward Andrew Millar, who also turned in a fine display.

This was nevertheless a great team effort from Selkirk, with centre Alistair Dickson continuing to catch the eye as he builds up his match fitness, while no less influential was fly-half Michael Rutherford, whose control and distribution kept Selkirk on the front foot for most of the match.

Two Rutherford penalties took the home team into a 6-0 lead, and when Alistair Dickson was held up close to the Haddington line, Rutherford was on hand to take the ball and dive over for the try. Just before halftime David Gray increased Selkirk's lead from a second try following Dickson's lead-up work, with Rutherford converting both scores to give Selkirk a 20-0 lead at the interval.

Haddington had the lion's share of possession in the second half, with Selkirk being kept on the back foot with a string of penalties. Two of these were converted by the visitors, leaving Selkirk 20-6 winners at the final whistle. This weekend the Souters face a tough match away to league leaders Gala.

SELKIRK - G. Blair, J. Hendrie, A. Lyall, A. Dickson, J. Ross, M. Rutherford, F. Jack, S. Renwick, I. Walling, R. Price, C. Marshall, A. Renwick, A. Millar, D. Gray, R. Cook. Replacements: D. Purves, C. Davies, C. MacDougall, M. Robertson.

Referee - Nigel Crompton (Dorset).

Selkirk 3rds 15, Peebles 3rds 17

DESPITE a brave showing against a strong Peebles side, Selkirk 3rds had to give second best to the visitors at Victoria Park on Saturday. Try scorers for the home team were Darren Clapperton and Darren Scott, who added a conversion and a penalty. Specials mentions go to Donnie Mackenzie, David Johnston and Scott Tough for fine individual displays.