Selkirk ‘A’ 29, Aberdeen 2nds 6


LEFT – Selkirk A’s Sean Nixon (assisted by Bruce Riddell and Michael Waldron) gets ready to stop the progress of an Aberdeen forward. RIGHT – Scrum-half Scott Tough in the thick of the action against Aberdeen 2nds, watched by Steven Renwick and Alan Lambie. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

SELKIRK ‘A’ started their league campaign with a hard-earned victory against a big and stuffy Aberdeen side in Saturday’s opening RBS Reserve League National 1 fixture on the main pitch at Philiphaugh.

In a keenly contested first half, the home team went 9-0 ahead after 15 minutes thanks to three penalties from the boot of Josh Welsh. This was the way things stood at halftime.

After the break Aberdeen kicked the first of two penalties, but minutes later Welsh kicked his fourth and this was the signal for the home players to increase the intensity of their play. The result was two quick-fire tries by Alan Lambie and Matt Robertson – the first after sustained pressure on the Aberdeen line, and the second after Selkirk had taken a quick line-out and Robertson squeezed in at the corner.

In between times the ever-reliable Welsh had sent a huge drop-goal from near the 10-metre line soaring between the posts to bring his personal points tally to 19. The only downside to the day came during the warm-up when Selkirk captain Craig MacDougall twisted his ankle and took no further part in proceedings.

Selkirk’s man of the match was Josh Welsh, but the whole home squad stuck in extremely well.

SELKIRK – J. Welsh, J. Hendrie, A. Given, L. MacLennan, A. Scott, C. McEwan, S. Tough, M. Waldron, R. Wilson, B. Riddell, S. Renwick, A. Lambie, S. Nixon, S. McDonald, M. Robertson. Replacements:
R. Purves, C. Grieve, C. Elliot, R. Fluhler.

Referee – Grant Denholm (Duns).