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.
To their credit, Stirling battled to the final whistle - and could have had a share of the points if they had opted to kick what appeared to be a simple penalty in injury time.
Instead, they opted to go for a try and a vital win - and the home fans were biting their fingernails before referee David Jack blew for full time.

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.
"The boys are disappointed although we have won the game, and it is good that they are disappointed as it showed that they do want to keep moving forward.
"We did keep our patience, and we scored two good tries and we needed them, but at the end we could have thrown it away by ill discipline."

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.
When Robertson kicked a long range penalty for a 17-0 lead, it looked curtains for the Souters, but Gauche made amends for his earlier mistake when he was driven over for a try close on half-time.

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 the try.
Five minutes later, Jones gathered inside his own half and chipped the defence and skilfully gathered the ball on the full for his second score. Hendrie's touchline conversion brought the sides level. With 12 minutes left, Hendrie landed the winning penalty - but Stirling were not finished and it was an agonising finale as County battled for top-flight survival. They proved to be worthy opponents and put everything into the game. Lee Jones deservedly won the Selkirk "Man of the Match" award, kindly sponsored by Four Seasons Forestry.

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.