Musselburgh 2nds 35, Selkirk ‘A’ 32

CRUEL LUCK FOR SELKIRK ‘A’ BRAVEHEARTS AS MUSSELBURGH SNATCH LATE WIN

Selkirk ‘A’s player/coach Fraser Jack keeps things moving in Saturday’s BT Reserve League Division 2 match against Musselburgh 2nds.

Craig Bruce breaks upfield.

Lewis Martin heads for the Musselburgh try line.

Selkirk’s Jamie Turnbull wins line-out ball on Saturday.


[Photos: LESLEY BRUCE]

ANOTHER battling display by Selkirk ‘A’ just failed to earn the never-say-die Souters victory in Saturday’s BT Reserve League National 2 game against Musselburgh 2nds at Pinkie Playing Fields.

However, the visiting players’ plucky display did earn the praise of coaches Graham Marshall and Fraser Jack, the latter having to pull on his boots and play the whole match because of call-offs and injuries.

“These young lads all have a tremendous attitude,” said Fraser after the match, “and simply got on with the job in hand - despite many of them having to play out of position, and with only one replacement on the bench.

“It proved a tough, physical contest, but none of the Selkirk boys once took a step back and they all kept working for each other right until the final whistle. Musselburgh scored two minutes from time to snatch the win, but the Selkirk players can hold their heads high after a tremendous collective effort.”

Two penalties from the boot of Jack Elliot gave the visitors an early 6-0 lead. A converted try by the home side edged Musselburgh in front, but a Scott McClymont try, converted by Elliot, regained Selkirk the lead.

Although Musselburgh edged in front following a second converted try, Elliot’s third successful penalty gave the visitors the lead once more. Halftime score: Musselburgh 2nds 14, Selkirk ‘A’ 16.

A hand injury sustained by Andrew Scott after 55 minutes saw Fraser Jack move to stand-off with Craig Bruce switching to full-back and Willie McClymont moving to the wing. Shortly afterwards Robert Cook received a yellow card, with the game later going to uncontested scrums after Sam Mackay aggravated a back injury.

Selkirk’s second half points came from a Lewis Martin try and two more Jack Elliot penalties, with a further three converted tries giving Musselburgh maximum points.

Selkirk’s man of the match award went to Jack Elliot for his incisive running and accurate goal-kicking, which helped keep his side in contention right to the end.

SELKIRK – F. Jack, L. Martin, J. Elliot, K. Monks, C. Bruce, A. Scott, S. Tough, B. Riddell, R. Purves, K. Thomson, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont, W. McClymont, M. Robertson. Replacement: S. Mackay.