Selkirk 'A' 31, Jed-Forest 'A' 10

Another strong showing by Selkirk 'A' XV keeps the team at top of the table


Bob Wilkinson - scored
early try for Selkirk.


LEAGUE leaders Selkirk 'A' maintained their unbeaten record in this season's Border Farm Supplies Championship with a hard-fought win over Jed-Forest 'A' at Philiphaugh on Saturday.

Once again the Souters were indebted to young fly-half Rory Banks, who dropped a goal in the first minute of the match, and hardly put a foot wrong for the rest of the game - finishing with a personal tally of 16 points from three penalties, two conversions and that opening drop-goal.

Two other teenage threequarters made their presence felt in the first half - Selkirk wings Bob Wilkinson and Tom Swan crossing for touchdowns to put the home side 24-0 ahead at the break.

After the break it was the Riverside Park men's turn to have the strengthening wind at their backs, and they took full advantage to cut the deficit to 14 points with a couple of unconverted tries.

It was left to Selkirk's strong-running centre Alistair Lyall to have the final say when he steamed in to score the home side's third try 10 minutes from the end, with Banks adding the conversion.

Flanker David Gray made his presence felt in the Selkirk back row with a typically spirited performance, while Scott McDonald made a welcome return to the middle row after missing the previous week's game at Peebles.

SELKIRK 'A' - G. Blair, B. Wilkinson, J. Hendrie, A. Lyall, T. Swan, R. Banks, F. Jack, B. Reid, P. Forrest, S. Renwick, J. Everitt, S. McDonald, A. Millar, D. Gray, C. Kemp. Replacements: D. Scott, G. Jeffrey, I. Walling.

Referee - M. Scoular (Earlston).