Selkirk ‘A’ 17, Jed-Forest 2nds 24

SELKIRK ‘A’ OUT-MUSCLE MUSSELBURGH 2nds IN HIGH-SCORING ENCOUNTER
SELKIRK ‘A’ LOSE CUP FIXTURE TO JED-FOREST 2nds AFTER EARLY INJURY SETBACK


Selkirk ‘A’ wing Kieran Monks tries to shake off a Jed tackler in last Wednesday’s cup game at Philiphaugh.

Douglas Swinbanks prepares to fire out a pass, with Bob Wilkinson and Robert Cook close up in support. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

AFTER a run of four successive victories, Selkirk ‘A’ were narrowly defeated by Jed-Forest 2nds in last Wednesday night’s Border 2nd XV Cup fixture under the Philiphaugh floodlights.
Despite losing fly-half Callum McEwan after just five minutes with a head knock, the home team nevertheless took an early lead thanks to tries from Scott Marshall and Robert Cook, the latter being converted by Ross Purves.
However, the visitors hit back with two unconverted tries of their own to make the halftime score 12-10 in the Souters’ favour.
Jed went ahead 17-12 in the 60th minute with a converted try, but centre Bob Wilkinson scored soon afterwards to put Selkirk on level-pegging at 17-17. It looked as though the game would end in a draw, but Jed charged down a home clearance kick to score their fourth try and seal the result.
Selkirk players Kieran Monks, Sam Mackay and Craig Bruce all picked up injuries, with Matt Robertson emerging as the home side’s ‘man of the match’ after moving from the centre to the back row and putting in a typically solid shift.
SELKIRK - S.Marshall, L.Martin, B.Wilkinson, D.Swinbanks, K.Monks, C.McEwan, R.Purves, K.Thomson, B.Riddell, S.Mackay, J.Turnbull, R.Cook, S.Nixon, M.Robertson, S.Macdonald. Replacements: J.Stephen, W.Mclymont, C.Bruce.
 

Referee – Iain Heard (Gala).