Selkirk 21 Kelso 21
21 Today for Selkirk and Kelso
You Bett He's hard to stop !! Hooker James Bett takes the attention of two Kelso players during a thrillng draw at Philphaugh (All photos Grant Kinghon grantkinghornpics.co.uk)
The early exchanges in this typical Borders derby
saw both teams testing each other out and it was Selkirk who emerged with the opening points. Stand-off Gavin Craig
floated a neat chip into space and winger Scott Hendrie showed soccer skills and control to score an unconverted
try in the corner. With the breeze in their favour, the powerful Kelso pack was putting Selkirk under pressure
in the scrums although the Souters were competing well at the lineouts. Kelso No 10 Ben Cooper turned pressure
into points from a penalty when he effortlessly struck the ball between the uprights after 15 minutes. The Souters
were dealt a blow when No 8 Matt Kissick suffered a rib injury and played no further part in the game. With Ewan
MacDougall on as a replacement Selkirk stormed back in style and skipper Ross Nixon managed to offload a scoring
pass to the industrious Angus Duckett who had a clear run in close to the posts leaving a simple conversion for
Josh Welsh. The home team immediately went back into attack mode deep into Kelso territory but they were dealt
with a sucker punch when a long floated pass from Gavin Craig was intercepted by Kieran Cooney, hacked on by Michael
Robertson and then it was David Gobby's turn to demonstrate his footballing skills as he won the race to the line.
Cooper brought out full points with the conversion and Selkirk's lead was cut to a couple of points.