Selkirk ‘A’ 18, Cartha Queens Park 2nds 14


LEFT – Flanker Scott McClymont battles his way upfield in Saturday’s 18-14 league win over Cartha Queens Park 2nds at Philiphaugh, watched by Ross Purves, Jason Hendrie and Andrew Given (on ground). RIGHT – Selkirk wing Lewis Martin prepares to take evasive action.

LEFT – As rain begins to fall, Selkirk’s livewire flanker Matt Robertson is in the thick of the action, watched by team-mates Scott McClymont, Scott McDonald and Ruairi Wilson. RIGHT – Man of the match Andrew Given fights to keep possession. [Photos: BRYAN JOHNSTON]

Selkirk ‘A’ 18, Cartha Queens Park 2nds 14

AFTER two weekends without a game, it perhaps wasn’t surprising the Selkirk and the Cartha Queens Park players appeared a little rusty in Saturday’s BT Reserve League Division 2 match at Philiphaugh. Even so, both sides contributed to a close, exciting contest, with the home team doing enough to register its second league win of the season.

Selkirk kicked off, and with only five minutes on the clock home centre Callum McEwan sprinted over the line for the first try of the afternoon. On the 20-minute mark the visitors took the lead thanks to a converted try.

After half an hour Kyle Ramage replaced Sam Mackay in the home front row, and shortly afterwards Jack Elliot replaced Selkirk full-back Kieran Monks, who had sustained a chest injury. Elliot kicked a penalty to make the halftime score Selkirk ‘A’ 8, Cartha QP 2nds 7.

After the break Ross Purves replaced Craig Bruce at scrum-half, while Callum Turnbull came on for Robert Cook (50 minutes) and Mackay returned to the front row in place of Kieran Thomson (60 minutes).

Four minutes into the half McEwan scored his second try of the contest following another mazy run, and approaching the hour-mark home flanker Sam McClymont crossed for the Souters’ third try to put them 18-7 in front.

Although the visitors narrowed the gap to four points after being awarded a penalty try, Selkirk kept their line intact during the final stages of the game to record a hard-fought win.

Selkirk’s man of the match award went to centre Andrew Given, who was not only outstanding in defence but carried the ball well all afternoon. Special mention also goes to fly-half Jason Hendrie for coping so well out of his normal position, while the back row of Matt Robertson, Sam McClymont and Scott McDonald gave solid performances throughout.

SELKIRK – K. Monks, K. Stillie, C. McEwan, A. Given, L. Martin, J. Hendrie, C. Bruce, K. Thomson, R. Wilson, S. Mackay, J. Houston, R. Cook, S. McClymont, M. Robertson, S. McDonald. Replacements: R. Purves, K. Ramage, J. Turnbull, J. Elliot.

Referee – Gareth Fairbairn.