SELKIRK ‘A’ FALL VICTIM TO A HOME DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF MUSSELBURGH

SELKIRK ‘A’ 15, MUSSELBURGH 2NDS 29

A BATTLING display by an understrength Selkirk ‘A’ side wasn’t enough to secure victory over league leaders Musselburgh 2nds in Saturday’s BT Reserve League 2 match at Philiphaugh.
With the home team short of front row cover, all scrums throughout the 80 minutes were uncontested. Even so, Selkirk’s makeshift pack struck first blood when lock Robert Cook was driven over the line in the 11th minute for the game’s first try.
Despite some courageous defending by the home team, with Ally Lyall, Scott Tough, Sean Nixon, Neil Darling and Scott McClymont all prominent, Musselburgh’s direct running produced tries for Cameron McLean and Cameron Livingston, both converted by Dave Cowan. Halftime score - Selkirk ‘A’ 5, Musselburgh 2nds 14.
Replacement Scott Marshall got the second half off to the best possible start for Selkirk, scoring the Souters’ second try following a 30-metre diagonal run, cutting the deficit to just four points.
Tries by McMillan and McInstry stretched Musselburgh’s lead to 24-10, before home fly-half Darren Knox finished off a slick handling move by diving over for Selkirk’s third try, narrowing the gap to 24-15.
With Selkirk pressing hard for the bonus point try in the closing seconds, an interception by Rory Thompson put paid to any hopes of a late Selkirk comeback – the lanky Musselburgh winger sprinting 50 metres for his side’s fifth touchdown of the afternoon.
Selkirk’s coaches named openside flanker Scott McClymont as the Selkirk ‘Man of the Match’.

SELKIRK – K. Monks, L. Martin, R. Monks, A. Lyall, F. Anderson, D. Knox, S. Tough, J. Hendrie, J. Stephen, J. Griffin, R. Cook, J. Turnbull, S. Nixon, S. McClymont, N. Darling. Replacements: C. Sanders, S. Marshall.

Referee – Colin Reavely (Gala).