Morgan Academy FP 5, Selkirk 57

Half-ton plus boosts confidence


NINE tries and six conversions led to a Selkirk romp on a pleasant afternoon at Forfar Road in Dundee, but more importantly was simply the win.
After two drubbings, the players had lost their confidence and needed a victory to restore faith and pride ahead of the play-offs.
"We needed that win and we should all feel the better for it," said coach Graham Marshall, "but this is only one success and we need to carry that on into the next match (away to Edinburgh Accies)."
Captain Fraser Harkness chatted with the club's opponents after the game and admitted: "It was a bit difficult despite the scoreline, but the result came as perfect timing and we must now build on that."
There was still need for improvement in the play, but after two games without a try, this was a much-needed boost for the struggling Souters. And although Premier 3 Morgan raised their game, their standard fell short of achievement in the cup, in which they also face Hawick and Kelso.
"We had a few injuries and, to be fair, we are concentrating on the league," said team manager Brian Gallagher, who would be proud of their commitment and effort. They played 'in the faces' of Selkirk, who conceded an early try through lock Jordan Seffan, their outstanding player.
Selkirk were able to generate the ball from a sound platform and there were impressive performances from the Godsmark twins, Nyll and Ryan, Mike Rutherford, who converted six of the nine tries, and Matt Weller - although this was a major team effort in the face of adversity.
Callum Johnston got Selkirk off to the perfect start, undermined by Seffan's try, but Morgan, despite their aggression and tough tackling, added to the contest without ever looking like adding to their tally.
Conor Patton, Michael McVie and Nyll Godsmark added tries in the first half and Patton, Nyll Godsmark, Harkness, Rutherford and Ryan Godsmark after the break.
And the final word from Marshall strengthened the importance of the success. "We had more control than we have had and we need to build on that," he said. "I told them to play the 'same again' in the second half and they did and we also asked them to enjoy it. They did that, too, and so, all in all, we have to be satisfied."
Selkirk: C. Beattie; N. Godsmark, S. Hendrie, F. Harkness, D. Clapperton; M. Rutherford, M. McVie; G. Patterson, M. Martin, M. Weller, C. Patton, S. Willett, A. Renwick, C. Johnston, C. Marshall. Subs: R. Nixon, R. Godsmark, R. Crockatt, S. Forrest, S. Renwick.