Selkirk 'A' 7, Heriot's FP 2nds 27

SELKIRK 'A' UNABLE TO HALT HERIOT'S FP 2nds IN FIRST-EVER NATIONAL 1 GAME

James Bett - crossed for Selkirk's only try of the match.

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.





SELKIRK 'A' - S. Bell, R. Henderson, A. Lyall, A. Given, K. Monks, C. MacDougall, T. Penman, S. Renwick, J. Bett, M. Waldron, E. Turner, S. Nixon, M. Robertson, S. McDonald, R. Wilson. Replacements: N. Wielbo, J. Everitt, C. Henderson, J. Turnbull, B. Purves, H. Aynsley, A. Lambie.
+ Selkirk Stormers were without a game on Saturday, after Edinburgh Accies Blues contacted the club on Friday to say they couldn't raise a team for the scheduled RBS Reserve League East 1 match at Raeburn Place. This is the second consecutive week a Premier 1 club has been unable to field a 3rd XV against Selkirk. Hopefully this is not going to become a trend in the months ahead.