Callum McColm on the attack in last week’s friendly against Jed 2nds. Team-mates Michael Waldron and Robbie Reilly look on.

Teenage prop Robbie Reilly manages to escape the clutches of Jed-Forest full-back Chris Young.

Brothers Aaron (left) and Callum McColm had plenty to smile about following confident displays. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


A YOUTHFUL Selkirk ‘A’ team kicked off their season with a narrow loss to a well-drilled Jed-Forest 2nds side in a friendly at Philiphaugh on Wednesday night, writes GREGOR NICHOL.
Selkirk were dealt an early blow when flanker Scott McDonald was forced off the pitch with a cheek injury which required a visit to the BGH. Jed opened the scoring with a try by number eight Jack Sudlow, converted by Robbie Yourston, before doubling their lead with a score from one of the game’s stand-out players, centre Monty Mitchell, again converted by Yourston.
The Souters hit back through a well-worked try by hooker Ross Purves, with teenage scrum-half Aaron McColm adding a fine touchline conversion. The introduction of back-row forward Phil Anderson sparked the home side into life, with some outstanding work by the university student both in defence and at the breakdown.
Selkirk levelled the scores with a try from Aaron McColm, who burst through the Jed defence to touch down, and then converted to make the score 14-14.
A real plus-mark for the home side was the return to action of Aaron’s brother, fly-half Callum McColm, sidelined by a serious knee injury since the 1st XV’s game at Marr on February 14, 2015. During his first half run-out he attacked and tackled with his usual commitment, coming through the 40 minutes unscathed. Here’s hoping he can stay injury-free and play a big part for the club in the season to come. 
Jed-Forest were always on top, however, scoring two quick tries through scrum-half Andrew Thomson and prop-forward Nicky Bates, the latter converted by Yourston.
Selkirk’s replacement stand-off Rory Banks impressed after the break with some great kicking from hand, creating space for the Selkirk backs to follow up and put pressure on Jed full-back Chris Young.
Selkirk showed typical fighting spirit when prop Michael Waldron crossed the try line in the closing stages of the match, following a clever break by Strath McKenzie, making the final score 26-19 to the visitors.
SELKIRK - C. McEwan, L. Martin, K. Monks, D. Swinbanks, F. Anderson, C. McColm, A. McColm, M. Waldron, R. Purves, R. Reilly, A. Lambie, R. Cook, S. McDonald, S. McKenzie, H. Borthwick. Replacements: K. Thomson, F. Amos, J. Stephen, C. Ward, D. Allan, P. Anderson, G. Baird, A. Rutter, R. Banks, G. Ross, A. Beveridge.
JED-FOREST - C. Young, J. Amos, E. Stewart, M. Mitchell, R. Douglas, R. Yourston, R. Gibson, C. Lothian, N .Bates, S. Hynd, D. Wardrop, R. Redpath, C. Cowan, J. Sudlow.

Referee – I. Douglas (Hawick).