Boroughmuir 2nds 22, Selkirk ‘A’ 17


ANOTHER bravura performance by Selkirk ‘A’ wasn’t quite enough to earn them victory in Friday night’s rearranged RBS Reserve League National 1 fixture against Boroughmuir 2nds under the Meggetland floodlights. However, the visiting team took huge credit from what proved a bruising encounter.
“The boys gave it everything,” said Selkirk team manager Tom Ramage after the final whistle, “never once taking a backward step against a big, physical Boroughmuir side. Everyone played out of their skin, and in the last quarter we had most of the pressure but just couldn’t get over the line.
“Boroughmuir are sitting second in the league, so the Selkirk boys have shown they can compete with the best. Our target is to finish the league campaign with at least 30 points, and hopefully this would keep us above the relegation zone. We’ve now got 15 of those points, and with 10 matches still to play, the players know exactly what’s required.”
The visitors suffered an early setback when wing Jason Hendrie limped from the field with what was later confirmed as an ankle fracture, his place being taken by Andrew Given. Boroughmuir opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a converted try, but soon afterwards Selkirk fly-half Callum McColm (who gave another five-star display) kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit. Halftime score: Boroughmuir 7, Selkirk 3.
The home side stretched their lead to 17-3 on the hour mark with a second try following an earlier penalty, but the visitors stayed in contention thanks to a fine try from Lewis MacLennan, following a bout of inter-passing with prop Michael Waldron down the blind side. McColm added the conversion.
Selkirk drew level when Callum McColm touched down for a try following a mazy run past a clutch of home defenders, slotting the conversion for good measure to make the score 17-17. Centre Craig MacDougall was another visiting threequarter who had an impressive night.
A third try in the game’s closing minutes saw the city side regain the lead, and despite launching a succession of attacks inside Boroughmuir’s 22 as the seconds ticked away, Selkirk’s players had to settle for a losing bonus point.

SELKIRK - S. Bell, H. Aynsley, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Hendrie, C. McColm, M. Davies, M. Waldron, J. Bett, M. Murray, A. Lambie, E. Turner, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, J. Everitt. Replacements: A. Given , C. Henderson K. Mitchell, S. Nixon, C. Johnston.

Lewis McLennan – capped fine
performance with a try.