REFEREE’S INJURY RESULTS IN ABANDONMENT OF SELKIRK A’S RESERVE LEAGUE MATCH

Selkirk players Rory Banks, Jack Houston (partly obscured), Lewis MacLennan and Kerr Gerrard are first on the scene after referee Stuart McLean’s injury halts the game. INSET – Even the ministrations of Selkirk coach Jason Hendrie proved to no avail.

Centre Lewis MacLennan breaks upfield after ghosting past GHA’s Chris Rome. Selkirk team-mate Robbie Reilly prepares to lend support.

Skipper Robert Cook waits for ruck ball to materialise in Saturday’s curtailed contest against GHA 2nds at Braidholm. Also pictured are Strath Mackenzie, Jimmy Stephen and Willie McClymont.


[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

GHA 2nds 19, SELKIRK ‘A’ 14

(Match abandoned after 44 minutes)

THE second half of Saturday’s BT Reserve League National 2 fixture between GHA 2nds and Selkirk ‘A’ had barely got under way at Braidholm, when referee Stuart McLean suffered a torn calf muscle that precluded any further participation in the match.
As neither touch-judge was qualified to take over refereeing duties, the captains of both teams reluctantly agreed to abandon the contest with the score 19-14 in the home team’s favour.
“It’s obviously very frustrating,” said Selkirk ‘A’ coach Jason Hendrie as the two sides filed back to the dressing rooms, “but there was no way Mr McLean could continue, and under the laws of the game no further play is possible without a qualified match official in charge.”
The abandonment means Selkirk ‘A’ will have to revisit Braidholm at a future date to replay the match.
GHA’s tries were scored by Michael Navunga, Walker Graham and Chris Rome, with Murray Houston adding two conversions.
Selkirk’s two tries came from Kerr Gerrard and Josh Mackay, both converted by Rory Banks.
GHA 2nds – C. Binnie, E. Greer, C. Rome, M. Macfarlane, S. Derrick, G. Scott, M. Houston, C. Braid, L. Barron, S. Fisher, D. Kellock, R. Jenkins, D. Ewing, W. Graham, M. Navunga. Replacements: M. Fox, J. Potter.
SELKIRK ‘A’ - R. Hamilton, L. Martin, G. Ross, L. MacLennan, K. Gerrard, R. Banks, R. Purves, R. Reilly, J. Mackay, J. Stephen, C. Graur, J. Houston, W. McClymont, S. Mackenzie, R. Cook. Replacements: R. Shiel, M. Stanners, J. Hendrie.
Referee - Stuart McLean (West of Scotland RRA).