Selkirk 'A' 7, Heriot's FP 2nds 27
SELKIRK 'A' UNABLE TO HALT HERIOT'S FP 2nds IN FIRST-EVER NATIONAL 1 GAME
SELKIRK 'A' opened their RBS Reserve League National 1 campaign with a defeat at the hands of a well schooled Heriot's FP reserve side.
The first half was a fairly even contest, with the visitors scoring the only try after just nine minutes. Heriot's then had a player sin-binned for 10 minutes but Selkirk could not capitalise on their one-man advantage. Halftime score - Selkirk 'A' 0, Heriot's FP 2nds 7.
The second half started promisingly for the young Philiphaugh side, scoring a pushover try through James Bett, converted by Tom Penman, to level the scores.
Shortly after this Heriot's were reduced to 14 men when one of their props had to retire, and because the Goldenacre team had arrived with no replacements, the game then went to uncontested scrums. This played into the visitors' hands, for the city team were a lot stronger and fitter than their hosts, and scored another 20 unanswered points before the final whistle.
Best on the day for Selkirk were Alistair Lyall, Andrew Given and Craig MacDougall.