23/03/19
Musselburgh 2nds 25, Selkirk 'A' 20

Selkirk A travelled to Pinkie Playing fields in Musselburgh once again in hope of securing a much needed win on Saturday.

However with player coach Jason Hendrie injuring himself in the warmup the omens werent looking good for this young second string.

It was then further compounded when promising forward Andrew McColm had to leave the field with a brocken collar bone.

Never the less the players reacted well with some neat inter play between backs and forwards with Fraser Easson providing the link at scrum half and Josh Mackay, making a return to rugby after a knee operation, instrumental at stand off.

But after two quick tries by the home side, the Philiphaugh men found themselves 12-0 down after 15 minutes play. Jordan McGowan came on to add weight and strength to the scrums which seemed to steady the ship for the visitors. Further pick and drives from Liam Cassidy and Matthew Francis in the pack and darting runs from Frazer Anderson and Lewis Martin continued to put Musselburgh on the back foot but once again some slack defending resulted in the home side breaking through again to make the score 19-0.

Some telling kicks by full back Gavin Ross pinned 'Burgh' back into their own 22 and after some fine driving mauls by the Souters Derry Alexander used his strength to barge over for an unconverted try to make the half time score 19-5.

The second half was a revelation in the fact that it was mainly played camped in the visitors half with Selkirk throwing everything they could at Musselburgh, with the home side pack now tiring. Keiran Monks was looking dangerous with ball in hand and produced some telling runs down the wing. With both Robert Cook and Ruairi Wilson punching holes in the defence the try was inevitable and with some quick hands Selkirk produced a fantastic try with Josh Mackay crossing the line with Fraser Anderson's conversion sailing between the posts to bring the score to 19-12. A further penalty kick by Anderson made the score 19-15 and you could feel another try was inevitable and it duly came. McGowan and Robbie Reilly inched close with some bulldozing runs but is was scrum half Easson who managed to wriggle his way over the line to put the boys in blue in the lead with an unconverted try to make it 20-19. With time running out Musselburgh rallied and in the dying minutes squeezed over the line to retake the lead scoring wide on the left to make the final score 25-20.

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