Melrose Storm 39, Selkirk ‘A’ 20

‘A’ TEAM’S UNBEATEN RUN ENDED AT THE GREENYARDS

Callum McColm – two tries for Selkirk ‘A’.

A FIRED-UP Melrose Storm side put an end to Selkirk ‘A’s four-match winning streak in Saturday’s RBS Reserve League National 1 match at the Greenyards.

The home team caught the visitors cold and after 15 minutes were 17-0 ahead. Selkirk finally began to find their feet, and at a scrum five metres from the home try line the visiting forwards shoved the Melrose pack over the line for Callum McColm to touch down.

Soon afterwards Melrose struck again with a converted try to bring their points tally for the half to 24 points, but right on halftime McColm struck again from another scrum on the other side of the field. Both conversions were missed, making the interval score Melrose 24, Selkirk 10.

Two minutes into the second half Jason Hendrie scored under the posts for Banks to convert, reducing the deficit to a single score and giving the visiting supporters hopes of a Selkirk comeback.

However, Melrose hit back with two tries, one of which was converted, plus a penalty to put the result beyond doubt. Selkirk could only reply with a penalty kick from Michael Rutherford, making the final score Melrose Storm 39, Selkirk ‘A’ 20.

Referee James Fowler retired hurt in the second half and was replaced by Melrose referee Norman Jackson.

Best for Selkirk were Callum McColm (later named the visitors’ man of the match), Scott McDonald, Matt Robertson, Jason Hendrie and Lewis MacLennan. It was good to see Michael Rutherford back in action after a long injury lay-off. 

SELKIRK – S. Bell, A. Scott, J. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, K. Monks, R. Banks C. McColm, C. Elliott, R. Wilson, M. Waldron, A. Lambie, K. Mitchell, M. Robertson, S. McDonald, J. Everitt. Replacements: R. Purves, B. Riddell, M. Rutherford, C. Grieve, W. McClymont, J. Lunt.