Linlithgow 2nds 15, Selkirk ‘A’ 37

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 Cassidy... crossed for three tries.

David Reive, with stand-off Mark Easson adding a penalty and a conversion.
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 Philiphaugh.

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.