POINTLESS EXERCISE FOR SELKIRK ‘A’ AS MUSSELBURGH 2NDS OUT-MUSCLE VISITORS


All eyes on Musselburgh scrum-half Nicholas Delaney as he sets up a home attack.

Selkirk centre Jy Griffin weighs up his options in Saturday’s close encounter at Pinkie.

Matthew Mackay prepares to contest a line-out.

Scrum-half Scott Clark directs traffic at a ruck

[Photos by JOHN SMAIL]

Musselburgh 2nds 10, Selkirk ‘A’ 0

A FIRED-UP Musselburgh 2nds side proved too strong for Selkirk ‘A’ in Saturday’s crunch Tennent’s Reserve League East 1 fixture at the Pinkie playing fields.
This was the first match this season in which the Souters have failed to register a point, and the loss almost certainly means it will be Musselburgh, rather than Selkirk, who will contest the East-West Reserve League play-offs at the end of the league campaign.
“I’m very disappointed,” Selkirk ‘A’ coach Darren Hoggan said after the game. “Fair play to Musselburgh, who handled the conditions better than us and were more physical than our players.
“That’s our play-off hopes away now, especially with the points system the way it is in the reserve leagues. Our focus now shifts to finishing in third place, so we’ll be working hard to win both of our two remaining matches.”
With both sides having to contend with a fiercely gusting cross-field wind, Selkirk scrum-half Scott Clark had the chance to put the first points on the board after nine minutes, but his penalty attempt was blown wide of the posts.
The visitors then surrendered possession at three consecutive line-outs on their own throw, allowing Musselburgh to march them back down the field, where outside centre Tom Foley sprinted over the line for the home team’s first try.
The same player repeated the feat 12 minutes later to increase Musselburgh’s lead to 10-0, with the body language of Selkirk’s disconsolate players in stark contrast to the increased energy levels being shown by the home XV.

A no-holds-barred halftime pep talk by coach Darren Hoggan saw Selkirk’s players up their game in the second period’s opening exchanges, with wing forward Jamie Turnbull and teenage prop Moray Haldane prominent in the loose.
Despite exerting more pressure than they’d managed before the interval, Selkirk were unable to break the home side’s resolute defence, and at the final whistle it was the home players who had deservedly taken the points and the plaudits.
A hand injury suffered by replacement scrum-half Andrew Tennant was later found to have been fractured after an X-ray was taken at the BGH.
MUSSELBURGH – C. McMillan, J. Cooke, T. Foley, R. Stott, J. Dickson, B. Walls, N. Delaney, D, Grant, C. Fleming, D. Hodge, G. Neill, E. O’Brien, L. Knight, M. Crain,M. Crawford. Replacments: R. Stott, F. Sutherland, C. Bain, B. McLeod, R. Kennedy, D. Slaven, L. Brook.
SELKIRK – M. Rutter, N. Armstrong, J. Griffin, L. Martin, H. Macdonell, D. Cassidy, S. Clark, M. Haldane, M. Francis, R. Reilly, D. Alexander, J. Houston, L. Cassidy, J. Turnbull, R. Purves. Replacements: M. Waldron, M. Mackay, P. Smail, M. Stanners, A. Tennant, S. Cockburn.
Referee – Simon Turner (Royal High).

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