Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds 41, Selkirk ‘A’ 5


Selkirk ‘A’ No. 8 Matt Robertson in action at Inverleith.

SATURDAY’S BT Reserve League National 2 match at Inverleith against table-topping Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds was always going to be a hard ask for Selkirk A’s injury-hit team. However, the final scoreline was not REALLY a true reflection of how hard-fought and close the game actually was.
With a gale-force wind howling across the pitch, running rugby was never on the cards. The Selkirk players stuck gamely to their task – confidently carrying the ball into contact and recycling well at the breakdowns throughout the game.
The difference between the two teams lay up front, with the much larger Colleges pack being able to shunt the lighter Selkirk scrum around for most of the match. Despite this, the Souters managed to make a series of breaks – only to see the final pass or off-load fail to go to hand.
Three yellow cards were issued during the afternoon – one for the city side and two for Selkirk (Bruce Riddell and Scott McClymont). The scrums eventually went to unopposed, following injuries to Kieran Thomson and Sam Mackay.
Ahead 15-0 at halftime, Stewart’s/Melville eventually crossed for seven tries, with the visitors’ single score coming from wing Lewis Martin (his ninth try of the season).
All credit to Selkirk for the effort and commitment shown by all of their players, who battled hard for the full 80 minutes.
Selkirk’s ‘man of the match’ award went to skipper Ally Lyall, who gave a fine lead from stand-off.
SELKIRK - C. Bruce, L. Martin, N. Brown, D. Swinbanks, H. Aynsley, A. Lyall, R. Purves, K. Thomson, B. Riddell, S. Mackay, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont, S. Nixon, M. Robertson. Replacements: J. Stephen, W. McClymont.GH 2nds IN HIGH-SCORING ENCOUNTER