Selkirk Stormers 36, Preston Lodge 2nds 22


VICTORY certainly tasted sweet for Selkirk Stormers at Philiphaugh on Saturday, with the team turning in a brilliant second half performance to defeat Preston Lodge 2nds and pick up their first RBS Reserve League East 1 points of the campaign.

"The boys deservedly won the game after hitting a purple patch after the interval," said player/coach Donny Mackenzie at the final whistle. "Everything just seemed to click into place, and with the forwards firing on all cylinders the backs were able to get enough quality possession to show what they're capable of."
Stormers' cause hadn't been helped by no fewer than five call-offs on Saturday morning, although player-coach Donny Mackenzie - who played the full 80 minutes - still managed to raise a team to preserve Stormers' record of never having called off a fixture in their existence.
With half an hour of the match gone, Preston Lodge were 17-0 ahead, but shortly before halftime a No. 8 pick-up by Mackenzie allowed scrum-half Scott Tough to scamper over the line for a try.
Buoyed up by this score, Stormers then took the game to PL and quickly overhauled the visitors' total. Tries were scored by 'Man of the Match' Bob Wilkinson (2), Ben Purves, Craig Monks and Stuart Farrell, with Daniel Pringle adding three conversions.

Special mention goes to newcomer Colin Heatlie and old stager Duncan Lawson for their good work in the closing 10 minutes, while brothers Gary and Alistair Lyall played a half each to fit in with child-minding arrangements. Dedication above and beyond the call of duty!

STORMERS - B. Purves, C. Monks, B. Wilkinson, G. Lyall, S. Farrell, D. Pringle, S. Tough, J. Stephen, S. Rodgerson, C. Henderson, W. McClymont, C. Fairbairn, B. Amos, N. Brown, D. Mackenzie. Reps: A. Lyall, C. Heatlie, D. Lawson.