Selkirk Stormers 31, Preston Lodge 2nds 0

STORMERS TOUGH IT OUT IN THE BURNMILL MUD TO NOTCH VITAL LEAGUE WIN


HOLDING THE LINE. Stormers lock Adam Nichol heads skywards tat a line-out in Saturday’s game against Preston Lodge 2nds.




END OF STORY. The Stormers and Preston Lodge players head for the shelter of the clubhouse at the end of Saturday’s match. [Photos: LESLEY BRUCE]


(Game abandoned after 63mins, result stands)

IT was Preston Lodge 2nds’ turn to visit Philiphaugh on Saturday for an RBS Reserve League East 2 match, with the wet and windy conditions almost putting paid to the fixture. However, following a discussion between both committees and the referee it was agreed to move the fixture from the main pitch over to the Burnmill pitch.
Once under way both sides put the weather issues behind them and got stuck in. A fine bit of forward rummaging released full-back Kieran Monks, who sprinted down the left for the game’s opening try. With Selkirk in the ascendancy it wasn’t long before flanker Neil Brown the first of his two tries, with skipper Guy Blair converting.
A reshuffle in the home back line came when Monks retired injured, with John Graham (now wearing No. 15) scoring the try of the day following a jinky run from his own half which saw him ghost past several defenders before touching down in the corner. Just before the interval Brown scored his second try, Blair converting making the halftime score 24–0.
With conditions worsening both sides made changes, with Stormers losing Jordan Lunt, Adam Nichol and Ewen Robbie through injury. However, Selkirk’s impact sub Rob Kelly, playing his first game for 10 weeks due to  knee trouble, collected the ball and gave a hand-off that would have floored Mike Tyson to run under the posts for what was to prove Stormers’ final try of the day.
Blair converted before getting injured himself in the worsening conditions - the catalyst for the referee to get the captains and officials together. With the game deemed out of touch for a PL comeback with 17 minutes to go, the decision was made to call a halt to proceedings at 31–0.
John Graham was named Stormers’ ‘man of the match’, while special mention goes to 18-year-old Craig Bruce. Making his senior debut (and showing no qualms about the step-up) the teenager played the whole game at scrum half in place of the absent Ben Purves.  
STORMERS - K. Monks, D. Swinbanks, B. Wilkinson, G. Lyall, J. Graham, G. Blair, C. Bruce, J. Stephen, E. Robbie, A. Hain, A. Nichol, J. Lunt, N. Brown, N. Darling, R. Cook. Replacements: L. Carrick, R. Kelly, S. Tomlinson, C. Sanders G. Lindsay.