Selkirk 24, Melrose 29

So near and yet so far

IT was yet another battling performance from Selkirk, but there was only a bonus point to show for their efforts. Melrose came as favourites, but in the last few minutes, they were on the rack from a determined and stuffy Selkirk team.
It was a match that we could have won. "So close," said captain Fraser Harkness. "We should have taken it at the end." We did win the second half 13-3, but by the interval, Melrose had the bonus point safely wrapped up at The Greenyards.
Fraser Thomson, Jamie Murray, Callum Anderson and John Dalziel were the Melrose marksmen in the first half. Selkirk were always in contention with tries from Harkness and Gordon Patterson while David Cassidy banged over four penalties and a conversions. He missed two out of seven, the same as his counterpart, Scott Wight, two out of four.
Selkirk encamped on the Melrose line in the closing stages, but could not force a way over to snatch a dramatic win. And the matches do not get any easier - it is the Silvery Tay and Dundee next stop on Saturday. The club also picked up more injuries - Andrew (Jock) Renwick, knee, and Callum Marshall, groin while Ryan Godsmark, back, was also hurt. Hopefully, they will be fit for this weekend as well as Scott Hendrie, who suffered a shoulder injury at the start of the season against Boroughmuir.