Ayr 2nds 43, Selkirk ‘A’ 13

LONG TRIP TO AYR DOESN’T END IN VICTORY, BUT ‘A’ XV YOUNGSTERS GO DOWN FIGHTING

Willie McClymont – scored Selkirk’s only try.

Josh Welsh – successful comeback game.

BOLSTERED by a number of experienced players, Ayr 2nds gained revenge for their recent defeat at Philiphaugh by running out convincing winners in Saturday’s RBS Reserve League National 1 match against Selkirk ‘A’ at balmy Millbrae.
The result leaves the Souters stuck in the relegation zone, but with a number of injured players due to return in the coming weeks, there is still time for the young Philiphaugh players to battle their way to safety.
One of the plus-points of Saturday’s match at Millbrae was the re-appearance of Selkirk’s talented teenage threequarter Josh Welsh, sidelined by injury since turning out for Selkirk’s 1st XV against Kelso on August 25. The Scotland under-18 player’s presence bolstered the visitors’ backline, where skipper Craig MacDougall had switched back to fly-half in the absence of Callum McColm.
Ayr exerted pressure right from the start of the match, and scored a try in the corner after just five minutes. Once again the home side’s classy centre Michael Beckwith was causing plenty of problems and on the half-hour mark scored under the posts to stretch Ayr’s lead.
However, Selkirk defended stubbornly throughout the opening period, with Josh Welsh kicking two penalties to keep the visitors in the hunt. Halftime score: Ayr 2nds 15, Selkirk ‘A’ 6.
The floodgates finally opened in the second half, with the home team’s heavier pack beginning to make their presence felt in the set-piece. The Millbrae men scored a further four tries to put the issue beyond doubt, but Selkirk managed to score a consolation try on the hour-mark through ‘super-sub’ Willie McClymont.
The ball was moved blind to winger Kieran Monks, and when the teenager was stopped just short of the line McClymont quickly secured possession to plunge over for the visitors’ only try. Welsh’s conversion sailed over to complete Selkirk’s scoring.

SELKIRK – S. Bell, K. Monks, L. McLennan, A. Given, J. Welsh, C. MacDougall, S. Tough, B. Reid, N. Wielbo, C. Henderson, K. Mitchell, E. Turner, S. Nixon, R. Wilson, M. Robertson. Replacements: J. Turnbull, W. McClymont, J. Bett, M. Waldron.