SELKIRK ‘A’ PLAYERS REFUSE TO THROW IN TOWEL, BUT ACCIES ALWAYS IN THE DRIVING SEAT

Selkirk ‘A’ prop Bonekele Siyothula manages to negotiate a path through the Edinburgh Accies defenders’ legs to score the Souters’ second try at Raeburn Place on Saturday.

Number eight Donald Nichol soars above the opposition to safely gather line-out ball during Selkirk’s reserve league match against Accies at Raeburn Place on Saturday.

Selkirk scrum-half Jackson Wallace awaits developments as Bonekele Siyothula drives the ball forward, with skipper Robert Cook (left) ready to lend support.

[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Edinburgh Acads 2nds 50, Selkirk ‘A’ 18

A PHYSICAL and well-drilled Accies second-string side might have racked up a half-century of points against Selkirk ‘A’ at Raeburn Place on Saturday, but there was certainly nothing half-hearted about the visiting team’s commitment.
Selkirk’s young players never let their heads drop against a city side whose size, experience and aggression was always going to make this BT Reserve League National 2 contest a massive challenge for the Philiphaugh men.
Even so the Souters made a positive start to the game with good runs by Strath Mackenzie and Gavin Ross, followed by a fine chip-and-chase up the left touchline by Kerr Gerrard.
However, strong Accies pressure resulted in Selkirk conceding a number of turnovers, which the city men invariably punished with tries. Two first half penalties by Rory Banks were all the visitors could muster in the first half, giving Accies a 24-6 interval lead.
With Selkirk forced to defend for long periods after the break, gaps inevitably began to appear as defenders tired, and Accies scored three quick tries to put the result beyond doubt at 43-6 midway through the second half.
Refusing to give up, even after losing lock Kieran Thomson with concussion, Selkirk twice managed to cross their opponents’ line thanks to tries from prop Bonekele Siyothula and scrum-half Jackson Wallace, with Banks adding one of the conversions.
In total Accies scored eight tries in the match through Ollie Mottram (2), Robert Lovett (2), Liam Evans, Paddy Flood, Jack Bruce and Tom Arnott. Callum Ramm added five conversions.
EDIN ACADS – C. Ramm, J. Gordon, S. Kirby, J. Murray, L. Evans, O. Mottram, P. Flood, D. Falkner, F. MacKenzie, J. McSorley, R. Lovett, D. Roger, A. Wood, J. Bruce, D. Campbell. Replacements: T. Arnott, M. Jack, J. McCarthy, K. Scoular.
SELKIRK – R. Hamilton, G. Ross, D. Allan, L. MacLennan, K. Gerrard, R. Banks, J. Wallace, R. Reilly, R. Wilson, B. Siyothula, W. McClymont, R. Cook, K. Thomson, R. Purves, S. Mackenzie, D. Nichol. Replacements: R. Shiel, L. Martin, J. Stephen, J. Griffin, B. Riddell.

Referee – Dougie McLaren (Edinburgh).