Selkirk ‘A’ stay in the groove
UP against a bigger, more physical side at Mains Park on Saturday, the Selkirk ‘A’ players
kept a cool head to post their seventh successive win of the season: a result which sees them stay top of National
2nd XV League Division Four East.
Spreading the ball wide at every opportunity, the visitors managed to take a 20-12 halftime lead thanks to tries
by Billy Gentleman, David Cassidy and
David Reive, with stand-off Mark Easson adding a penalty and a conversion.
crossed for three tries.
An injury to one of the Linlithgow props meant the introduction of uncontested scrums after the break, and this
helped Selkirk consolidate their superiority.
Cassidy raced clear for a brace of touchdowns to bring up his hat-trick, while centre Tim Cove proved there’s life
in the old dog yet by notching his first try of the season, in what could prove one of the longest swan songs this
side of Swansea. Selkirk’s only other points came from an Easson conversion, while Linlithgow added a drop-goal
to their two tries and a conversion from the first half. The only setback for the visitors came when flanker Chris
Kemp had to leave the field with an elbow injury, after being stamped on at a ruck, although X-rays taken later
at the BGH showed there was no fracture.
This Saturday, Selkirk face their stiffest test to date when unbeaten promotion rivals Perthshire travel down to
SELKIRK ‘A’ — D. Cassidy, B. Armstrong, T. Cove, D. Lawson, D. Hulme
(rep. T. Walling), M. Easson, D. Reive, L. Carrick (rep. C. Patterson),
D. Lithgow, A. Johnston, B. Hoggan, K. Connor, C. Kemp (rep. N. Purves),
W. Gentleman, R. Crockatt.