Selkirk 'A' 50, Melrose Knights 5


ANOTHER solid display saw Selkirk 'A' tighten their grip at the top of the Reserve League East 1 table, although full marks must go to Melrose Knights, who arrived with only 14 men but agreed to fulfil the fixture with each side a player light.
Utility forward Scott McDonald again caught the eye with several telling line breaks and excellent support play, while prop Martin Murray and hooker Peter Forrest proved a potent combination at the heart of the home pack.
The evergreen Fraser Jack clearly enjoyed being restored to the No. 9 jersey, while Craig MacDougall made a telling contribution to the Selkirk threequarter line before retreating to the sidelines with a leg knock late in the game.
Try scorers for Selkirk were Chris Shand (2), Steven Renwick, Alistair Lyall, skipper Jason Hendrie, Darren Scott, Scott McDonald and Fraser Jack. Darren Scott added five conversions.
Saturday's victory puts Selkirk 11 points clear at the top of Reserve League East 1, and barring a slip-up in their remaining six games the Philiphaugh men look odds-on for the title and a place in the promotion play-offs.

Selkirk Stormers 27, Portobello 15



AN understrength Stormers side got back to winning ways against a lively Portobello team in Saturday's Reserve League East 2 fixture on the Burnmill pitch. A solid shift by the home pack laid the foundations for victory, with Selkirk veteran Donny Mackenzie giving an inspired display over the full 80 minutes.
Try scorers for the home side were lock forwards Chris Fairbairn and Lindsay Carrick (2), with Daniel Pringle adding the rest of the Stormers' points from three conversions and two penalties.
A special mention goes to home player Greig Alexander, who was making his first appearance for the Stormers, while Selkirk High School teacher Tim Cove dusted off his boots to turn out for the Philiphaugh men and gave a typically committed performance.