SELKIRK ‘A’ PLAYERS STEP UP A GEAR TO OVERCOME JED-FOREST COUNTERPARTS

Man-of-the-match Josh Mackay hits up, watched by Andrew McColm and David Cassidy.

Nathaniel Armstrong crosses for his second try.

Callum McEwan made a welcome return to Philiphaugh.

[PHOTOS BY GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Selkirk ‘A’ 40, Jed-Forest ‘A’ 14

A BARNSTORMING display by the home pack saw Selkirk ‘A’ return to winning ways in Saturday’s fiercely contested Tennent’s Reserve League East 1 fixture against Jed-Forest ‘A’ at Philiphaugh.
Despite losing the services of skipper Liam Cassidy as early as the fourth minute through injury, the Souters had enough firepower to see off a competitive Royal Blues side desperate to register their first victory of the season.
Flanker Josh Mackay continued to impress as he continues his battle back to full fitness, while lock Andrew Renwick capped a fine performance by grabbing a hat-trick of tries.
Saturday’s win sees Selkirk move up to joint second place in the division alongside Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds – the team they will face this Saturday in a crunch match at Inverleith.
Ahead 26-7 at halftime, Selkirk’s first half tries were scored by Renwick (2), Nathaniel Armstrong and Lewis Martin. Scrum-half Scott Clark kicked three conversions. Jed’s try scorer was Owen Cranston (son of club president Paul), with Martin Chisholm adding the conversion.
After the break Selkirk put the result beyond doubt with further scores from Armstrong and Renwick, both converted by Clark.
Jed’s consolation try was scored by former Selkirk Rhinos player Fergus McKerracher (who now lives near Jedburgh), with Chisholm again converting.
Afterwards Selkirk ‘A’ coach Darren Hoggan praised his players for a solid team effort. “I was pleased by the improvement in our set piece play, particularly at the line-out, and the boys showed a lot more spirit and commitment today.”
Another plus for Selkirk was the welcome return of scrum-half Callum McEwan to Philiphaugh, following a spell out of the game stretching back to last season’s Musselburgh match.
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to Josh Mackay.
SELKIRK ‘A’ - M. Rutter, N. Armstrong, H. McDonnell, L. Martin, M. Brass,, D. Cassidy, S. Clark, L. Blair, M. Francis, K. Thomson, L. Cassidy, A. Renwick, R. Cook, J. Mackay, Andrew McColm. Replacements: M. Mackay, M. Stanners, C. McEwan, H. Aynsley.
JED-FOREST ‘A’ – J. Laing, S. Paxton, Joe Amos, O. Cranston, Jack Amos, M. Chisholm, J. McGough, M. Purvis, R. Douglas, N. Bates, O. Robertson, D. Straker, J. Dagg, J. Ferguson, F. McKerracher. Replacements: R. Briggs, L. Barrass, K. Scott, R. Clarkson.
Referee – Lachlan Lightfoot (Hawick).

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