Selkirk 'A' 0, Aberdeen Grammar 2nds 15

Selkirk 'A' unable to halt progress of powerful Aberdeen 2nds team

Selkirk A's forwards battle for possession in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with Aberdeen Grammar 2nds at Philiphaugh.

DESPITE putting up stiff resistance, Selkirk 'A' couldn't prevent a physical and well drilled Aberdeen Grammar 2nds side from knocking them off top spot in RBS Reserve League National 2 in Saturday's full-blooded contest at Philiphaugh.
Despite this defeat, Selkirk are still 11 points ahead of third-placed Musselburgh 2nds with a game in hand, and skipper Jason Hendrie's players will now be keener than ever to get back to winning ways against Kirkcaldy in their next league fixture.
Throughout the match the home pack found themselves under pressure both at the breakdown and at the scrum, being pushed off their own ball twice in succession by a streetwise Aberdeen eight determined to make their superiority count.
The visitors' backs were equally adept at pressurising Selkirk's threequarter line, and more often than not a home player would receive man and ball simultaneously, stifling their attacking options at source.
Even so Selkirk had the chance to go ahead from two penalty kicks in the eighth and 15th minutes, but Darren Scott's attempts drifted wide. Aberdeen's Australian goal-kicker Warwick Percival was also off-target with a 20th minute penalty. However, the Rubislaw side broke the deadlock soon afterwards when prop Liam Reid barged over for a try.
As halftime approached Selkirk created several scoring chances following good breaks by Alistair Lyall, Fraser Jack and Darren Scott, but some resolute defending by Aberdeen saw the visitors hang on to their 5-0 lead at the interval.
After the break Selkirk were indebted to scrum-half Mike Davies for some tremendous tackling and tidying-up around the fringes to keep them in the hunt, but in the 52nd minute strong counter-rucking by the visiting pack secured turnover ball for Rob Lawson to dive over in the left corner for Aberdeen's second try.
With 20 minutes to go Selkirk brought on replacement Michael Rutherford for his first taste of action after several months out of action, and the fly-half showed he'd not lost his touch with a typical jinking run past a clutch of defenders.
Sustained pressure from the home side then looked certain to give Selkirk's supporters something to shout about, but these hopes were dashed when a quickly taken tap penalty under the shadow of Aberdeen's crossbar saw a home forward penalised for offside and the danger cleared.
The point of no return came nine minutes from time when Lawson exploited an overlap to run in for his second try of the afternoon, allowing Aberdeen to complete the double over the Philiphaugh team.

SELKIRK - F. Jack, C. Shand, A. Lyall, J. Hendrie, R. Godsmark, D. Scott, M. Davies, B. Reid, J. Bett, C. Henderson, A. Lambie, R. Wilson, M. Robertson, S. McDonald, J. Everitt. Replacements: N. Weilbo, S. Rodgerson, W. McClymont, C. Ward, J. Graham, M. Rutherford.
Referee - D. Douglas (Hawick Wanderers)