Selkirk 11, Stirling County 28

Backs to the wall for gallant Souters

THE writing is now closer on the wall for Selkirk, who lost its second play-off game and prop up the division with no points.
With only two wins this season, against Watsonians in the league and also Morgan Academy in the cup, the Souters' lack of confidence was again evident in a game, which they never looked like winning.
"If we have to down, then we have to accept it," said a Selkirk spokesman.
Selkirk were always chasing the game after going down 0-13 in only 24 minutes and 6-20 at the break.
Stirling proved too physical for a Souters' side, which has slipped this season and now face the reality of the drop unless the team can pick up points soon.
They stand bottom without any with the top four Watsonians, Edinburgh Accies, Gala and Stirling opening up a gap.
Selkirk again battled hard, but against a strong visiting side, had to feed off the scraps, and there were few of them, and without the lack of an argument of pro players causing an imbalance, the result was down to performance.
Whether of not they can make up lost ground remains conjecture, but the team has to start winning sooner than later with only five matches left.
Early tries by Graham McRorie by Alex Moffat along with a Brian Archibald penalty for backchat gave Stirling a breathtaking start before a David Cassidy cut the deficit.
Cassidy did add another before the break - but after a try by Benji Barsani converted by Archibald for a 20-6 interval lead.
There was no way back for Selkirk after the break as Stuart Kennedy dropped a goal before Darren Clapperton gave the Souters a lifeline following a break by Fraser Harkness.
However, in the last five minutes, former Scotland sevens winger Ben Addison added the bonus point and left Selkirk with a mountain to climb.
The Souters were not helped by a yellow card to Andrew Renwick, who was sent to the sin-bin after a bust-up byreferee Andrew McMenemy.
Selkirk also rejigged the side at the interval by moving Gavin Craig from centre to No. 10 with Ally Lyall taking over at centre.
On the plus side, the 'retired' Rory Aglen completed his comeback after a rib injury with a little authority.

Selkirk: D. Cassidy; N. Godsmark, F. Harkness, G. Craig, D. Clapperton; M. Rutherford, M. McVie; G. Patterson, S. Forrest, M. Weller, N. Darling, S. Willett, A. Renwick, R. Godsmark, C. Marshall. Subs: A. Lyall, S. Renwick, R. Aglen, M. Martin.