Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds 25, Selkirk ‘A’ 29


LEFT – Selkirk ‘A’ scrum-half Michael McVie puts in a box kick during Saturday’s hard-fought game against Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds at Inverleith. RIGHT – Stand-off Michael Rutherford finds himself under pressure, with Selkirk team-mate Andrew Given on hand to offer assistance if needed. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

A YOUNG Selkirk ‘A’ side travelled to Edinburgh on Saturday looking for a vital away win against Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds, currently lying second from bottom in the highly competitive RBS Reserve League National 1.

Despite being 19 points below them in the league, the home side were clearly up for a no-holds-barred contest, and made the visitors work extremely hard for their win.

After 10 minutes Stewart’s/Melville FP went in front from an unconverted try, in the build-up to which Selkirk skipper Craig MacDougall aggravated a knee injury and took no further part in proceedings. Harry Aynsley was switched to centre, with Tom Walling coming off the bench to play on the wing.

Spurred into action, the visitors then took the game to their hosts, and despite being camped on the home try line for the next five minutes, could only come away with a penalty kicked by scrum-half Michael McVIe.

Now it was Stewart’s/Melville FP’s turn to ratchet up the pressure, and the city team crossed for another two tries, one of which was converted, to go 17-3 ahead.

The visitors managed to cut the deficit thanks to an unconverted try by Callum McEwan and a second successful penalty kick from the boot of McVIe, making the halftime score Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds 17, Selkirk A 11.

Things began to look bleak for Selkirk early in the second half, with the home side increasing their lead to 25-11 thanks to a try and a penalty. However, far from letting their heads drop, Selkirk’s players showed great self-belief and character to increase their work rate and stage an impressive late rally.

Before the final whistle the Philiphaugh side crossed for a further three tries through Andrew Given, Callum McEwan (his second of the match) and Kieran Monks . A penalty by Michael McVie settled the issue, bringing the final score to Stewart Melville 2nds 25, Selkirk ‘A’ 29.

This was another fine team effort by the young Souters, with Michael Rutherford coming through his comeback game unscathed. Teenage threequarter Callum McEwan was named Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’ by the visiting coaches.

SELKIRK – H. Aynsley, C. McEwan, A. Given, C. MacDougall, K. Monks, M. Rutherford, M. McVie, M. Waldron, R. Purves, B. Riddell, E. Turner, A. Lambie, S. Nixon, M. Robertson, J. Everitt. Replacements: S. McDonald, T. Walling, C. Grieve, C. Turnbull.