G.H.A. 2nds 18, Selkirk ‘A’ 13

SELKIRK ‘A’ YOUNGSTERS EARN BONUS POINT AFTER ANOTHER SPIRITED DISPLAY

DESPITE finishing on the wrong end of this close-fought BT Reserve League National 2 fixture against G.H.A. 2nds at Braidholm on

Scott McDonald – ‘man of the match’ for Selkirk ‘A’.

Saturday, the young Selkirk ‘A’ players again put up a spirited display against bigger and more experienced opponents.

“It was another solid performance from the boys,” Selkirk coach Fraser Jack said after the match, “and the whole squad’s commitment couldn’t be faulted. A couple of lapses in concentration allowed them score a try in each half, but the result could have gone either way.”

The game took place in wet and windy conditions, which made handling especially difficult. Selkirk’s pack stuck in well against a very physical home eight, while the visiting threequarters also pulled out all the stops in attack and defence.

G.H.A. took an early 10-0 lead from a converted try and penalty, before Selkirk full-back reduced the deficit with a penalty just before the interval to make the halftime score G.H.A. 10, Selkirk 3.

After the break the city team stretched their lead to 15-3 with another try, before newcomer Scott Marshall scored a couple of good tries for Selkirk after coming on as a replacement on the left wing for Lewis Martin. This brought the score to 15-13, but G.H.A. had the final say by kicking a late penalty.

The young Souters were well worth their losing bonus, and currently sit fourth equal in the league table alongside Cartha Queens Park 2nds. Selkirk’s Man of the Match was number eight Scott McDonald.

SELKIRK – J. Elliot, L. Martin, A. Lyall, R. Purves, D. Swinbanks, C. McEwan, S. Tough, K. Thomson, B. Riddell, M. Waldron, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont, S. McDonald, J. Everitt. Replacements: C. Bruce, J. Stephen, S. Marshall.