Selkirk 'A' back on winning trail
with solid victory over Dalziel
DESPITE a slow start, Selkirk 'A' eventually hit
their stride to run out convincing winners over Dalziel 2nds in Saturday's RBS Reserve League National 2 match
at Philiphaugh. The victory keeps the Souters at the top of the table and still on course for promotion.
Although handicapped by the loss of three of their players to Dalziel's 1st XV after late call-offs earlier in
the morning, the visitors showed plenty of resilience in coping with relentless Selkirk pressure during the opening
half-hour - skipper Steven Clowes always to the fore.
The breakthrough for the home team came in the 31st minute. A swift counter-attack from inside their own '22' involving
Alistair Lyall, Jason Hendrie (twice), Fraser Jack and Chris Shand was rounded off in style by blindside flanker
John Everitt, who sprinted over for a try converted by Darren Scott.
Some slick inter-passing between forwards and backs saw three further tries scored in quick succession by Ewan
MacDougall, Jason Hendrie and James Bett - the latter a spectacular solo effort following a dazzling 60-metre run
by the young hooker.
Halftime score - Selkirk 22, Dalziel 0.
After the break the Souters carried on where they had left off, stretching Dalziel's defence at every opportunity,
with livewire scrum-half Mikey Davies the catalyst for some excellent phases of attacking rugby.
A clever chip behind the visitors' defence by Darren Scott allowed wing Chris Shand to cross for the first try
of the second half, and shortly afterwards full-back Fraser Jack was up in support of Matt Robertson's storming
run to score the home side's sixth touchdown.
The next Selkirk try came from replacement Neil Brown, who latched on to Fraser Jack's reverse pass at full tilt
to score under the posts.
Before the final whistle James Bett and Ewan MacDougall both scored their second tries of the afternoon, with Darren
Scott adding three second half conversions to set the seal on a well deserved Selkirk win.
This weekend the Philiphaugh side travel to The Gytes to take on Peebles 2nds in a Border League Cup fixture, and
will be aiming to reproduce the form which served them so well against Dalziel.
SELKIRK - F. Jack, C. Shand, A. Lyall, J. Hendrie, S. Tough, D. Scott, M. Davies, B. Reid, J. Bett, M. Waldron,
C. Ward, R. Wilson, J. Everitt, M. Robertson, E. MacDougall. Replacements: N. Weilbo, W. McClymont, N. Brown.
Referee - Andrew Mitchell (Earlston).