Jed-Forest 'A' 6, Selkirk 'A' 8 

 Narrow victory extends Selkirk 'A's lead at top of the league table to 11 points


LINK MAN. Selkirk centre Ross Nixon manages to keep his feet and get the ball away in last week's match at Riverside Park. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)




WET conditions and a soft pitch made life difficult for both teams in Wednesday night's Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture at Riverside Park. Despite being under pressure for most of the contest, Selkirk's players managed to hold their nerve and just sneak a win.

Given the slippery ball, it was no surprise that knock-ons proliferated throughout the evening, with Jed-Forest having the upper hand in the ensuing scrums. After 20 minutes the home team took the lead from a Laidlaw penalty, and the same player was again on target just before the interval to give the Royal Blues a 6-0 halftime lead.

After the break, both sides found it difficult to break through well organised defences, and it wasn't until the visitors were awarded a penalty some 25 metres from the posts that Selkirk managed to cut the deficit with a penalty from the boot of Rory Banks.

This sparked a Selkirk revival, and at last the Souters began to put a few phases of possession together. An overlap inside Jed-Forest's 22 went begging when a Selkirk player knocked on to give Jed the scrum on their five-metre line. However, skipper Fraser Jack charged down the clearance kick and dived on the ball to claim the try and put Selkirk in the lead.

The home team had a chance to win the game with the last kick of the game, but Laidlaw's long-range penalty fell short. The win sees Selkirk stretch their lead at the top of the league table to 11 points.

SELKIRK 'A' - D. Scott, C. MacDougall, R. Nixon, A. Lyall, T. Swan, R. Banks, F. Jack, R. Price, S. Forrest, S. Renwick, G. Jeffrey, C. Marshall, D. Gray, A. Millar, J. Everitt. K. Reid, R. Crockatt. Replacements: P. Forrest, C. Henderson, K. Connor, K. Reid, S. McDonald, D. Cassidy.