SELKIRK PLAYERS BACK ON VICTORY TRAIL AFTER
BIG-HEARTED EFFORT AT BRAIDHOLM
Selkirk centre Josh Welsh
burst through for Selkirk’s second try on Saturday.
Donald Nichol hits up, with team-mate Josh Mackay ready in support.
Aaron McColm goes to ground as Andrew Renwick prepares to lend a hand.
Head coach Scott Wight speaks to Selkirk’s squad after the final whistle.
[Photos by GRANT KINGHORN
A 10-point haul for
goal-kicker Aaron McColm.
Scott McClymont tries
to dislodge GHA tackler.
GHA 13, Selkirk 20
SELKIRK bounced back from the disappointment of
last week’s home defeat by Edinburgh Accies with a hard-fought victory over Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians at Braidholm
This win sees the Philiphaugh side climb to third spot in the Tennent’s Premiership table - a highly satisfying
position to be in just as the league campaign reaches the halfway stage.
No-one epitomises Selkirk’s indomitable spirit better than their ex-captain Ross Nixon. Having sustained a fractured
hand at Mansfield Park seven weeks ago, the 31-year-old centre had hoped to delay his comeback for another week.
However, when Callum Anderson failed a late fitness test on a groin strain, necessitating Nathaniel Armstrong’s
promotion to Selkirk’s starting line-up, Nixon agreed to travel with the squad to Glasgow as a replacement.
He took the field 10 minutes from time (his 260th appearance for the 1st XV), and was delighted to make a contribution
to what proved a positive team performance. “Our aim is to finish in the play-off places,” said Ross after the
game, “so it was important to get things back on track today.
“As well as losing Callum, we were without James Bett and Henry Bithray because of injury, so I was more than happy
to step in and help out. There’s a really positive feeling in the Selkirk dressing room right now, with everyone
working hard to keep the wins coming, so today’s result has given the boys a big boost.”
The match’s opening quarter was evenly contested, with neither side able to engineer a breakthrough. This changed
in the 26th minute when GHA’s Adam Scott kicked a penalty. Soon afterwards Selkirk fell further behind when a miss
move saw wing Ruairi O’Keefe score a try in the corner
The visitors hit back when home prop Michael Fox was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Selkirk skipper
Ewan MacDougall, with MacDougall himself exacting retribution by scoring his team’s first try following a concerted
drive by the forwards. Aaron McColm converted to make the interval score 8-7 in GHA’s favour.
Despite having hooker Peter Forrest sent to the sin bin early in the second half, Selkirk took the lead when Luca
Berte combined cleverly with fellow centre Josh Welsh to send the powerful 25-year-old threequarter bursting past
two defenders for a try. McColm added the conversion, and his subsequent penalty increased the visitors’ advantage
Although GHA cut the deficit with an Adam Scott try wide out, Selkirk’s players kept their nerve to see out the
final 10 minutes of the match – McColm’s second successful penalty a minute from time serving to underline the
Philiphaugh men’s dominance.
Selkirk skipper Ewan MacDougall continued his fine form with another tenacious display, while Scott McClymont,
Donald Nichol and replacement Andy Mackay all had their moments in a solid pack performance. Behind the scrum Luca
Berte again caught the eye in his new role at inside centre, while Aaron McColm’s accuracy from the kicking tee
helped steady the Selkirk ship at key moments in the contest.
GHA - A. Gillman, R. O’Keefe, G. Mollison, A. Hughes, A. Scott, J. MacKinnon, G. Baird, S. Carson, H. Clark,
M. Fox, A. Barnett, J. McCarthy, M. Marinkovic, M. Ryan, L. McCutcheon. Replacements: L. Barron, T. Brogan, E.
Hardie, J. Anderson, A. Lamb.
SELKIRK – R. Cottrell, F. Anderson, J. Welsh, L. Berte, N. Armstrong, A. McColm, L. Merolle, L. Pettie, P. Forrest,
S. Rankin, A. Renwick, D. Nichol, J. Mackay, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements: M. Francis, B. Riddell,
A. Mackay, L. Martin, R. Nixon.
Referee: Fergus Hollins (SRU).