Stew./Melv. 2nds 34, Selkirk ‘A’ 0

Selkirk ‘A’ go down fighting

DESPITE the scoreline, this was a creditable performance by an under-strength Selkirk side at Inverleith, against the in-form National 2nd XV League Division Two leaders.
Down 24-0 at halftime, the visiting players never let their heads drop, keeping the ball in hand rather than taking the easier option of kicking it away. The intensity of the match resulted in two injuries: Bruce Armstrong springing a rib cartilage, while Keith Connor sustained a suspected fractured jaw.
Special mentions must go to Michael McVie, who put in a power of tackling from the fly-half berth, while flanker Chris Kemp linked intelligently with the backs.
Selkirk’s best try-scoring opportunities fell to Armstrong and David Cassidy — who made a scorching 75-metre break — but both players were stopped just short of the line.
Newcomer Chris Lightfoot came off the bench to play his part in what was a solid team effort in difficult circumstances, and Selkirk can take heart from this gutsy display as they begin the build-up for this weekend’s tough league fixture at Livingston.

SELKIRK — D. Cassidy, B. Armstrong (rep. C. Lightfoot 55 mins), A. Jamieson, N. Brown, T. Walling, M. McVie, D. Reive, G. Ruthven, I. Walling, D. Lithgow, J. Pretswell, K. Connor, C. Kemp, D. McFadzen, N. Purves.

Michael McVie — coped well under fierce pressure.