Ayr 2nds 44, Selkirk ‘A’ 0

SHORT-HANDED ‘A’ XV FIND LIFE TOUGH AT AYR


Matt Robertson – 10 stitches in head wound.

MISSING no fewer than six players because of injuries and senior call-ups, Selkirk ‘A’ put up a brave fight against RBS Reserve League National 1 title frontrunners Ayr 2nds at Millbrae on Saturday, but ultimately had no answer to the home team’s physicality.

Despite holding their own in set piece play, Selkirk found it difficult to retain possession in the face of Ayr’s clinical counter-rucking. Ball was often lost at the point of contact, with the visitors forced to concede turnovers, allowing the Millbrae men to keep up the pressure on Selkirk’s hard-pressed defence.

Even so the Souters only found themselves 12-0 down at halftime, having been reduced to 14 men when prop Bruce Riddell received a yellow card in the 34th minute of the match.

Five minutes into the second half disaster struck the visitors when back row player Matt Robertson left the field to have 10 stitches in a forehead wound sustained when making a tackle, his place being taken by promising teenager Connall Grieve.

From this point the bigger Ayr players began to dominate proceedings, keeping the scoreboard ticking over with a further four tries.

Full-back Ben Purves and scrum-half Scott Tough both showed up well in a hard-pressed back division, while up front Sean Nixon was once again the pick of the Selkirk forwards.

SELKIRK – B. Purves, K. Monks, A. Given, C. MacDougall, H. Aynsley, C. McEwan, S. Tough, C. Elliot, R. Purves, B. Riddell, K. Mitchell, A. Lambie, S. Nixon, M. Robertson, S. McDonald. Replacements: T. Walling, C. Grieve, S. McClymont, C. Turnbull.