Selkirk Triumph Over a Tough Tweedsider's Side

 Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.


Selkirk 24, Kelso 19

In a hard fought game Selkirk came out on top, the score changing hands four times during a pulsating encounter.
Kelso started the game with a bang scoring after only 3 minutes, when winger Sim scored a scintillating try after some great work by their forwards at a lineout. The ball was moved along the back line to the wing, having stretched the home defence the ball was moved the other way for Sim to cut through the Selkirk defence to score under the posts providing an easy convention for full back Dods.
Then Selkirks discipline cost them another three points through the boot of Dods,a feature of the game costing Selkirk points and metres.
It took Selkirk 23 minutes to get on the score board, the home pack won clean
ball from the line out ,Selkirk moved the ball along the backline for Ross Nixon to break through the defence and made good inroads into the Kelso 22, when stopped the move was carried on by Peter Forrest who off loaded to Luke Pettie to score near the posts converted by stand off Rory Banks.
Ten minutes later Banks tied the scores at 10 apiece when he kicked a penalty after the Kelso backline were caught off side.
The home lead was short lived as 2 minutes later Dods penalty put Kelso back in front after a ruck infringement by the home side.
Half time score Selkirk 10 Kelso 13

The second half started with a bang when Selkirk released their flying winger Clinton Wagman after some hard work by the forwards allowing him to squeeze in at the corner post. Banks converting from the touch line.
Kelso got the next points through the boot of Dods again after another infringement by the Selkirk forwards, with the game coming to a close Dods gave Kelso the lead by kicking his and Kelso last points after yet another Selkirk infringement at the breakdown.
The visitors were controlling the ball and attempting to run down the clock, however they lost control of the ball which gave the home side one final chance.
Wagman broke down the wing from deep inside his own half, beating a handful of defenders on the way to the line and when checked fed the ball to full back Hamilton to cross at the corner and run under the posts for Banks to convert .Kelso still had time to restart the game, however the home side were able to see out the game for a narrow but deserved victory.

Man of the match for Selkirk was full back Stevie Hamilton.
Full time Selkirk 24. Kelso 19.