Selkirk ‘A’ 12, Melrose Storm 24

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR SELKIRK ‘A’ AS MELROSE STORM CLINCH VICTORY IN SECOND HALF

LEFT – Lock forward Alan Lambie leaves a clutch of Melrose Storm players in his wake at Philiphaugh on Saturday. RIGHT – Eddie Turner launches another home attack.


LEFT –Selkirk flanker Matt Robertson emerges from under a pile of bodies after scoring his try. RIGHT – Centre Andrew Given gets his pass away, watched by skipper Craig MacDougall. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

SATURDAY’S defeat by Melrose Storm at Philiphaugh on Saturday saw Selkirk ‘A’ slip into the bottom half of the RBS Reserve League National 1 table for the first time this season, with Craig MacDougall’s men now having half a dozen league games remaining to try and secure a top six finish.

It was the home side who made the better start on a chilly but clear afternoon at Philiphaugh, flanker Matt Robertson battling his way over the line for a try which was converted by MacDougall.

At the start of the second quarter Melrose scored the first of their three tries, following a mistake in defence close to the home line. However, Selkirk managed to hit back with an unconverted try by Callum McEwan, making the halftime score Selkirk ‘A’ 12, Melrose Storm 7.

In the second half Melrose Storm scored a further two converted tries and a penalty to complete their comeback, with Selkirk unable to turn pressure into points, despite having the majority of possession.

The home threequarter line showed commendable character, considering the majority of them were not playing in their normal positions. Selkirk were well served by wing Callum McEwan and second row forward Alan Lambie (the latter being named the home team’s man of the match).

Next up for the ‘A’ XV is a home league match against Ayr 2nds at Philiphaugh this Saturday, January 18 (2pm kick-off).

SELKIRK ‘A’ – C. McEwan, A. Scott, A. Given, H. Aynsley, T. Walling, C. MacDougall, J. Hendrie, C. Elliot, R. Purves, B. Riddell, A. Lambie, E. Turner, M. Robertson, S. Nixon, C. Marshall. Replacements: C. Grieve, S. Tough, S. McDonald, C. Turnbull.

Referee – Andrew Petersen (Dollar).