Jedforest 26 Selkirk 35

 

SELKIRK coach Ewan Robbie described himself as being a 'very happy' man after his team completed the double over Jed in a month. No-one gave the Souters, with a host of injuries, a chance against formidable opponents. But they rose to the occasion - and the outcome, arguably, came down to two substitutions.
Jed brought on the experienced Ross Goodfellow, who had been on honeymoon, while Robbie elected to give youth its' chance.
And Callum McColm was inspired as he had a hand in two the Souters' three-second half tries in the final 10 minutes.
Jed were left to rue the cost of two missed penalty goals by the normally reliable Ewan Scott and, in contrast, Michael McVie, in the absence of David Cassidy, banged over all five conversions and missed only one penalty. It was also prop Rob Taylor's final game as he is returning to New Zealand this week after seven years at Philiphaugh, and was rewarded with the captaincy.
"It is sad to leave, and I have had many happy years here. I will spend time with the family over Christmas and then decide what I am going to do," he said.
"He will be a big miss," said Robbie, "and we wish him well" - the coach was speaking after a presentation in the dressing room.
On the field, Robbie was equally pleased with the result - five tries, two by Fraser Harkness, two from Darren Clapperton and one from Naill Godsmark.
But it was young McColm who set his side alight came close to stealing the glory away from Taylor. McColm's aggressive running and turn of speed left Jed flat-footed.
And coach Darren Cunningham admitted: "Maybe we were too confident after finishing in the top four, but I told the players these are important games (in the Border League and Regional Cup) for they are important preparation for the leagues, which start again in January.
"I think that we played in 'sections' and Selkirk never gave up."
The lead changed hand four times, but it was Selkirk who finished the stronger despite Jed's late consolation score.
Taylor, who was playing is 148th game for the club and scored 11 tries, did not score, but Harkness and Clapperton did the late damage.
It was all square at half-time as Lewis Young, in the corner, and Andy McLean, who 'stole' through a gap shared tries with Harkness, from Gavin Craig's break, and Godsmark as Darren Gillespie spent 10 minutes in the sinbin.
Jed went ahead when McLean took over the kicking duties.
But a Clapperton try and McVie conversion restored the Selkirk lead before Harkness went over again only for Scott to score at the other end and McLean added the goal points.
Clapperton's second try ended the Jed fight despite Scott's laye try and McLean conversion.

Selkirk: F. Harkness; N. Godsmark, S. Hendrie, A. Lyall, D. Clapperton; G. Craig, M. McVie; R. Taylor, P. Forrest, C. Lacour, R. Aglen, A. Renwick, R. Crockatt, C. Marshall, C. Johnston. Subs: C. McColm, S. Forrest, S. Renwick, J. Everett.