Selkirk'A' 36, Kelso 2nds 21

   

Selkirk A were relishing the prospect of recovering from the Accies defeat of last week, with taking something from the visit of local rivals Kelso at the weekend; and the Selkirk young guns did just that in splendid fashion winning quite emphatically at the end by 36 points to 21.

The tone was set early doors, with the new home changing wing playing its part. Both firsts and seconds mixing and offering each other words of encouragement in the open warm up and medical areas before retiring to their own rooms for discussions on game plans and tactics from their respective coaching teams, the new set up certainly demonstrating and generating positive vibes already.
However Selkirk were to suffer some bad news early doors with the Cassidy brothers clashing in the warm up, resulting in an ankle injury to young Liam who could take no further part in proceedings. With coach Hendrie having already had to make himself available at scrum-half due to injury, the forwards had to be re-structured also to accommodate the early set back.
It look as though the early set-backs may have cost Selkirk with Kelso scoring a converted try within 5 minutes of the kick off. It was short lived however with Selkirk rallying and gathering momentum, went over in the corner with a Chris Whitefeild try. The kick was just out of reach for Cassidy. With more pressure being applied the Selkirk crew turned the screw and in relatively quick succession Fraser Easson went over for an excellent try closely followed by a David Cassidy try, the veteran proving he still has what it takes, and converting both tries easily. Half time score 19-7.
Selkirk took a little setback early in the second half when Scott Hendrie took what was thought to be a serious ankle break, resulting in a blue light ambulance visit to the BGH (thankfully scans contradicted the early prognosis, in that it was all but a minor sprain). With a little more re-structuring required to the Selkirk set up Kelso capitalised and took the initiative firing in 2 converted tries in quick succession, moving into the lead by 2 points.

It was here that the Selkirk spirit came to the fore, young captain Rory Hamilton, leading a resurgence and final push, resulting in a Cassidy penalty kick and an excellent Ryan Cottrel try (converted by Cassidy) right on the final whistle. Game over!
While an overall team performance was the order of the day, special mentions should go to Captain Hamilton for his man of the match performance, Jack Huston back in a 2nd's jersey proving he still has what is required for a 1sts jersey and young Andrew McColm for running the pack like a man of greater years; rookies Ryan Cottrel and Guy Mallin proving the step into senior rugby does not frighten them one little bit. Mon the 2nd's....

Team: Rory Hamilton, Callum Rhind, Ryan Cottrel, Scott Hendrie, Chris Stansfield, David Cassidy, Jason Hendrie, Robbie Reilly, Matty Stanners, Matty Francis, Jack Huston, Andrew McColm, Jack McDonald, Robert Cook, Fraser Easson, Guy Mallin, keiran Blair, Sam Murdoch.

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