Livingston 2nds 34, Selkirk Stormers 3

LIVINGSTON 2nds END SELKKIRK STORMERS’ 14-MATCH WINNING STREAK

UP against a strong Livingston 2nds team at Almond Park on Saturday, Selkirk Stormers suffered the first defeat of their RBS Reserve League East 2 campaign. However, the Philiphaugh side remains at the top of the division, and with three matches still to go look odds-on favourites to win promotion.
In difficult underfoot conditions, it was the home forwards who called the shots early on. However, in spite of being under considerable pressure in both the loose and set-pieces, the visiting pack kept their shape and tackled everything that moved.
Selkirk’s backs also found themselves feeling the heat, and early on lost the services of scrum-half Ben Purves, who hobbled off after taking a leg knock – but not before kicking a penalty for the visitors. His place was taken by replacement Craig Monks. Halftime score: Livingston 2nds 10, Selkirk Stormers 3.
With the home team able to introduce several fresh players at regular intervals in the second half, the tiring Stormers team began to wilt under Livingston’s incessant attacks. The visitors suffered another injury blow when Blair Amos aggravated a shoulder injury, his place going to the evergreen Ewen Robbie.
However, yet more injury problems for Stormers later in the contest meant the back row player had to re-enter the fray for the final quarter of the match, by which time Livingston had scored a further three tries to put the result beyond doubt.
Skipper Gary Lyall did his level best to rally his troops throughout the 80 minutes, but the Almond Park team simply proved too much of a handful on the day.
STORMERS - K. Monks, T. Walling, D. Swinbanks, G. Lyall, C. Sanders, J. Hendrie, B. Purves, C. Fairbairn, J. Stephen, A. Hain, J. Turnbull, J. Lunt, D. Purves, B. Amos, R. Cook. Replacements: E. Robbie, L. Carrick, C. Monks.