SELKIRK ‘A’ GET ACT TOGETHER IN SECOND HALF TO MAINTAIN LEAGUE MOMENTUM

Lock Derry Alexander could always be found in the thick of the action on Saturday.

Selkirk A’s front row prepare to contest another scrum on the Burnmill pitch.

Hooker Matty Francis shakes off a Musselburgh defender.

Scott Clark sends over one of his six successful goal kicks.

No-one battled harder on Saturday than David Cassidy.

Ball carrier Michael Waldron has Jamie Turnbull in support.

[PHOTOS BY GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Selkirk ‘A’ 35, Musselburgh 2nds 19

IT took a gutsy second half fightback by Selkirk ‘A’ to maintain this season’s unbeaten home record and maintain their top spot in Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1.
Because Philiphaugh’s back pitch was waterlogged, the game was moved to the Burnmill field across the road, and it was the Musselburgh 2nds players who appeared far less affected by the late switch of venue.
Tries by Ruairidh Young and the visitors’ giant centre Ronan Stott, both converted by Brian Walls, saw an uncharacteristically jaded home team deservedly fall behind 14-0 after barely 12 minutes.
Just before the interval a quick tap penalty saw home fly-half David Cassidy – who was rock-solid throughout – float a hanging pass out to full-back Mark Rutter, who raced over for Selkirk’s first try. Scott Clark’s conversion made the halftime score 14-7.
A no-holds-barred team talk by home coach Darren Hoggan at the interval left the Selkirk players in no doubt about what was expected of them in the second period, and it wasn’t long before the ex-club captain’s admonition had the desired effect.
Well worked tries by Michael Waldron and Kieran Monks, augmented by two conversions and two penalties from the unerring boot of Scott Clark, put Selkirk back in the driving seat at 27-14.
Despite a try by the visitors’ left wing Jonathan Cooke, Selkirk wrapped up a bonus point victory thanks to a late try by Nathaniel Armstrong and a third Scott Clark penalty.
The ball-carrying of Derry Alexander and effective work in the loose by flanker Andrew McColm and hooker Matty Francis – later named the Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ – contributed to a vastly improved showing by the home team after the break.
With the home pack in the ascendancy, the visitors’ strong-running threequarters had precious little ball with which to work, allowing the Souter players to increasingly call the shots.
SELKIRK ‘A’ – M. Rutter, N. Armstrong, M. Brass, S. Cockburn, K. Monks, D. Cassidy, M. Waldron, M. Francis, K. Thomson, D. Alexander, L. Cassidy, J. Turnbull, A. McColm, R. Cook. Replacements: A. Davidson, M. Haldane, M. Mackay P. Smail, H. McDonnell.
MUSSELBURGH 2nds – J. Doig, S. Thomson, R. Young, R. Stott, J. Cooke, B. Walls, A. Reddick, D. Grant, C. Fleming, L. Freeman, G. Neill, C. Bain, M. Scott, L. Knight, G. Bowman. Replacements: F. Sutherland, R. Walls, N. Delaney, J. Dickson, C. McMillan, F. Millar.
Referee – Darren Fisher (Hawick Harlequins).

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