Selkirk 20, Stirling County 17
SELKIRK staged yet another of their season's famous
revivals to retain their unbeaten home record, but it was desperately close on a chilly Philiphaugh afternoon.
The officials, players and supporters always knew that it would be hard against a side battling for Premiership
One survival, and so it proved. And again it was Selkirk' defensive qualities, particularly in the final frenetic
five minutes, that denied their opponents full points.
Coach Kevin Barrie blamed the inconsistency of
games for the overall performance. "We were playing well and had a great run of games, but then it stops and
starts and disrupts everything, games off, then Saturdays with no games, that's what you get, and then you get
a lot of errors," he said.
Selkirk looked lethargic in the early stages, and
when Eddie Gauche's clearance kick was charged down, Craig Deacons took full advantage for a try, converted by
Alan Robertson, in only nine minutes. Selkirk recharged their batteries, but were turned over near the County line,
the visitors breaking with pace for Ross Aitken to go over and Robertson converted.
Selkirk had the wind in the second half, but did
not capitalise until the 49th minute, Lee Jones being on hand to cash in on Scott Hendrie's incisive break for
Many congratulations to Ayr RFC in winning the
SHE Premiership One title. They were crowned as worthy champions at Millbrae after defeating Edinburgh Accies 20-10.
Selkirk: F. Harkness; J. Hendrie, S. Hendrie, R.
Armstrong, L. Jones; G. Craig, F. Jack; G. Patterson, S. Forrest, M. Murray, S. Willett, E. Gauche, N. Darling,
S. Tomlinson, C. Johnston. Subs used: R. Nixon, I. Walling, R. Taylor, R. Crockatt, R. Aglen.