Selkirk 'A' 12, Edinburgh Accies 2nds 16

Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.

High flying Edinburgh Accies came visiting Philiphaugh on Saturday, with many home supporters expecting a cricket score against us due to the significant thumping handed out by the city side back in September on their own patch.
However it was not to be, a sterling performance from the Souter's in both attack and defence kept the away team at bay, and although ending up the losing side the result is worthy of being classed as a success.
It took 11 minutes for Accies to get on the score sheet with a well converted 3 point penalty, followed by an unconverted try on the 20 minute mark. The whole first half the game was in the balance and no one side looked better than the other. Player coach Jason Hendrie marshalling the back line admirably, flanker Jack Houston demonstrating some heroics in the rucks and carrying ball forward well, with his sidekick Willie McClymont covering every blade of grass to get to breakdowns and tackles. On the half hour the home side was rewarded with an excellent push over try, the score going down to Andrew McColm, but really the whole ogdoad of forwards deserved the credit. Knowing the conversion would bring the score to within 2 points, in the absence of a dedicated goal kicker this week, player coach Hendrie stepped forward to take the responsibility, it's just a shame that the resulting kick manged to get the tee further than the ball... cest la vie, better luck next time Jase.
With the second half commencing both teams were still very much hungry for the win, and an exciting 10 minute spell, ended with real disappointment when pretty boy Houston left the pitch looking more like Freddie Kruger, after one ruck too many resulted in a very serious face wound which required a visit to a specialist surgeon in Livingston. Also number 8 McColm having had an excellent game had to retire due to a shoulder injury.
Tiring a little Selkirk gave away a kickable penalty which duly added 3 points to the Accies tally, followed by another unconverted try. The home side albeit tired and bruised dug deep and with some clever stuff from man of the match Liam Davidson at scrum half, managed to spend a good spell up in the Accies half, rewarded with a try for prop Stephan Bristar. With the tee lost from Hendrie's earlier attempt at goal, Liam Ramsey stepped up to the plate and with an old style heel in the ground, managed to slot the ball over for the 2 points. Selkirk 12, Accies 16...
Unfortunately it was not to be though with 5 minutes to go Accies went over for a converted try, which took the last bit of wind from the Selkirk sails and the game finished 12 23. Regardless of the result though the young home side can hold their heads high, it was a worthy performance against the second top side in the league. Bring on Kelso next week, Selkirk are ready!

Team: Matty Francis, Matty Stanners, Robbie Rielly, Callum Hume, Liam Cassidy, Willie McClymont, Jack Houston, Andrew McColm, Liam Davidson, Jason Hendrie, Chris Stansfield, Fraser Easson, Lewis Martin, Gavin Ross, Mark Rutter, Stephan Bristar, Guy Mallin, Andrew Davidson, Jordan McGowan, Chris Fairbairn Liam Ramsey, Liam Blair.

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