Edinburgh Accies 2nds 12, Selkirk ‘A’ 3


Bruce Riddell – named Selkirk’s ‘Man of Match’ against Accies

IN a wind-affected game, Selkirk ‘A’ found Edinburgh Accies a tough nut to crack in Saturday’s RBS Reserve League National 1 fixture at Raeburn Place. Despite battling hard right up to the final whistle, the young visiting team couldn’t narrow the nine-point gap and left the capital without the consolation of a losing bonus point.
Opting to have the strong wind at their backs in the first half, Selkirk took the lead from a Rory Banks penalty after 22 minutes. The same player was wide with a similar attempt before the interval, as was scrum-half Michael McVie.
With former Philiphaugh players Ryan and Alex Godsmark both in the Accies’ line-up, it was the home side who scored the only try of the half, making the interval score 5-3 in Edinburgh Accies’ favour.
A yellow card for McVie shortly after the break put Selkirk under more pressure, but even when down to 14 men the visitors managed to keep their try line intact.
On the hour-mark Accies increased their lead when a Callum McEwan chip-ahead failed to clear the man in front of him, with the home player gathering the ball above his head and racing over for a try, which was converted.
Despite having the bulk of possession in the final quarter of the contest, Selkirk couldn’t penetrate Accies’ well-organised defence, making the final score: Edinburgh Accies 2nds 12, Selkirk ‘A’ 3.
Selkirk’s teenage prop Bruce Riddell was named his team’s ‘Man of the Match’ following an outstanding performance both in set-piece and loose play, while the visitors’ other young prop, Callum Turnbull, also turned in a solid display in his first start at loosehead, which bodes well for the future.
Special mention goes to Graham Turner for providing cover on the replacements bench at late notice, while Connal McEwan’s gesture in driving the mini-bus and helping out with team manager duties was also greatly appreciated.

SELKIRK - C. McEwan, H. Aynsley, A. Given, C. MacDougall, A. Scott, R. Banks, M. McVie, C. Turnbull, R. Wilson, B. Riddell, A. Lambie, E. Turner, M. Robertson, S. Nixon, S. McDonald. Replacements: K. Monks, J. Turnbull, G. Turner, S. McClymont.

+ Selkirk Stormers’ home fixture against Watsonians 3rds at Philiphaugh on Saturday had to be called off because the Myreside club could not raise a team.