Selkirk 'A' Select 19, Kelso 2nds Select 8

Selkirk youngsters show up well in return friendly against Tweedsiders

WITH their game against Edinburgh Accies 2nds cancelled because of a rearranged league fixture, Selkirk's 'A' XV were indebted to Kelso for agreeing to a friendly match at Philiphaugh. Both clubs decided to field sides featuring players unable to rely on regular starts for their clubs, and the result was an entertaining and illuminating contest.

With every member of the Selkirk back division under the age of 19, there was plenty for home coach Ewen Robbie to be encouraged about. Scrum-half Scott Tough featured in the build-up to two of Selkirk's tries, while wing Alex Godsmark showed no ill-effects from his recent leg injury.

The only score of an even first half came from a Kelso drop-goal. Soon after the break Selkirk took the lead when Ryan Crockatt's scrum pick-up was taken by Scott Tough, whose pass inside to Alan McDowall saw the Selkirk skipper burst over for the game's first try. Darren Scott converted.

Soon afterwards Alex Godsmark broke up the right touchline before transferring to Scott Tough, and the scrum-half was able to find Andrew Renwick up in support, with the big lock crashing over for another touchdown to put Selkirk 12-3 ahead.

Despite having hooker Ryan Price in the sin bin, the home team managed to seal the result when full-back Ben Purves burst into the line to score a fine try, with Scott converting. Kelso managed to score a consolation try in the closing minutes of the game.

Special mentions go to Chris 'Magic' Johnston for a solid display at centre, while prop Alan McDowall emerged as Selkirk's best performer on the day with a typically whole-hearted performance.

SELKIRK - B. Purves, A. Godsmark, C. Johnston, C. Davies, R. Henderson, D. Scott, S. Tough, A. McDowall, R. Price, S. Renwick, R. Cook, A. Renwick, D. Purves, A. Millar, R. Crockatt. Replacements: D. Gray, S. Rodgerson, M. Robertson, C. Marshall, A. Lyall, R. Millar, T. Walling.

Referee - Gary King (Hawick).

Alan McDowall - great
display for Selkirk.