Hawick Linden 5, Selkirk ‘A’ 62

‘A’ XV HIT GROUND RUNNING IN FRIENDLY FIXTURE AT HAWICK

Josh Welsh – scored three tries and kicked six conversions

A NEW-LOOK Selkirk ‘A’ team proved too strong for Hawick Linden in Saturday’s friendly match at the Volunteer Park, running in a total of 10 tries and conceding just one. Star performer was full-back Josh Welsh, who showed no ill-effects from his recent bout of food poisoning to cross for a hat-trick of tries as well as adding six conversions.

Coaches Fraser Jack and Graham Marshall must also have been pleased with the form of Alistair Lyall, who missed almost the whole of last season through injury but came through the game unscathed and opened the scoring for the visitors with a well-taken try.

Newcomer Jordan McGowan, once again playing in the second row, also got on the score sheet with a brace of tries, while other touchdowns came from Lewis Martin, skipper Craig MacDougall, Callum McEwan and Lewis MacLennan.

Two players made promising debuts for Selkirk in the match – wing forward Andrew Toole and prop Sam Mackay. The halftime score was 31-0 to the visitors, with Linden’s try coming early in the second half.

SELKIRK – J. Welsh, C. McEwan, L. MacLennan, A. Lyall, L. Martin, C. MacDougall, S. Tough, C. Turnbull, R. Wilson, B. Riddell, J. McGowan, R. Cook, S. McClymont, M. Robertson, S. McDonald. Replacements: A. Toole, R. Purves, K. Thomson, S. Mackay.