Preston Lodge 2nds 27, Selkirk Stormers 32


A BATTLING display by Stormers saw the Selkirk side end Preston Lodge’s unbeaten home run in Saturday’s RBS Reserve League East Pod A fixture at Pennypit Park.

Two late call-offs saw David Cassidy and Lindsay Carrick drafted into the visitors’ line-up, with both players using their experience to telling effect – Cassidy putting Stormers ahead in the sixth minute with a 30-metre penalty kick into the strong wind.
Soon afterwards the home team took the lead from a try, and although a second Cassidy penalty restored the visitors’ advantage, some indifferent tackling from Stormers allowed the powerful PL pack to manufacture another two tries to put the home side 19-6 ahead.
Just before halftime Stormers lost Rob Cook to a painful eye injury, to be replaced by Donny Mackenzie, and there were no further scores before the interval.
Stormers got off to an explosive start after the break, scrum-half Ben Purves sidestepping his way past several tackles to score under the posts, with Cassidy’s conversion cutting PL’s lead to 19-13.
Good work by Dave Purves and Neil Brown then allowed Cassidy to break through the home defences and sprint clear for a try which he also converted, giving the visitors a 20-19 lead.
Former 1st XV skipper Cameron Cochrane then took the field for a welcome return in a Selkirk jersey, but poor discipline allowed the home side’s goal-kicker to slot a penalty and edge PL back in front by 22-20.
The loss of prop Jimmy Stevens led to uncontested scrums, with another home try soon afterwards stretching PL’s lead to 27-20. Stung into action, Stormers hit back with a second try from Ben Purves, converted from the touchline by Cassidy, to level the scores.
With less than five minutes to go Willie McClymont charged down a clearance kick. Neil Brown was first to react, touching down Stormers’ bonus point try to set the seal on an outstanding victory.
This was Stormers’ best display of the season, with coach Neill Wood’s Man of the Match award going to scrum-half Ben Purves.

STORMERS - R. Henderson, B Armstrong, G. Lyall, B. Wilkinson, S. Farrell, D. Cassidy, B. Purves, J. Stevens, S. Rodgerson, L. Carrick, B. Amos, W. McClymont, N. Brown, Robt Cook, D. Purves. Replacements: D. Mackenzie, C. Cochrane.