Selkirk 'A' 33, Cartha QP 2nds 7

Another five-star display keeps Selkirk 'A' at top of league

NOT THIS TIME. Selkirk jumper Richard Cook is unable to prevent Cartha Queen's Park from winning this line-out in Saturday's Division Three match at Philiphaugh. (Picture: Grant Kinghorn)

A SCORING burst in the second half helped Selkirk 'A' maintain their unbeaten league record at Philiphaugh on Saturday. Up against a well-drilled Cartha Queen's Park team, the Souters showed both character and flair to clinch victory and maintain their Division Three promotion drive.

The opening exchanges were overshadowed by a nasty injury to Cartha centre Peter Leslie, who had to be taken to the BGH, where he had over a dozen stitches inserted in a gashed ear.

Trailing 7-5 at halftime (Selkirk having scored a cracking try through Ali Lyall), the home team's experienced back division gradually began to find gaps in the visitors' defence, running in tries through Craig Hunter, Gavin Craig (2) and Guy Blair. The latter added all four conversions to set the seal on a hard-fought victory.

Selkirk were well served by Ian Walling, playing his first full game at hooker, and lock Darren Vevers, who worked hard in the loose. The introduction of Scott Tomlinson at the interval helped turn the tide Selkirk's way, with the former 1st XV skipper clearly relishing being back in the fray.

Such is the competition for places in the team, and so large the number of players looking for a game, that Selkirk player-coach Michael Jaffray left himself out of the squad in order to give some of the younger players the chance to pull on a Selkirk jersey.

SELKIRK - B. Armstrong, C. Hunter, A. Lyall, G. Blair, S. Jack, G. Craig, F. Jack, J. Stephens, I. Walling, G. Ruthven, M. Barnett, D. Vevers, N. Brown, D. Gray, R. Cook. Replacements (all used): G. Fairbairn, S. Tomlinson, G. Hancock, D. Lithgow, S. Rodgerson, G. MacDougall.

Referee - E. Cameron (Jed-Forest).