Peebles 2nds 14, Selkirk 'A' 19

Selkirk 'A' edge home in second half

AFTER three weeks without a game, Selkirk A's players showed little rustiness as they opened their Border District League campaign with a hard-fought victory over Peebles 2nds at The Gytes on Thursday night.

The visitors opened the scoring with a Gary Lyall penalty, before Peebles edged ahead thanks to a try from Craig Elliot converted by Keith Nisbet. Midway through the half Selkirk regained the lead when fly-half Gavin Craig forced a turnover and fed wing Tom Walling, who went over for a try.

Peebles hit back through Jamie Downie's try, converted by Nisbet, but just before the interval Selkirk lock Darren Vevers was driven over by his fellow forwards for a try, leaving the visitors trailing 14-13.

A second Gary Lyall penalty saw Selkirk move in front, but a yellow card for prop Kenny Lamont meant the visitors had to survive a spell of intense Peebles pressure. Lyall's second penalty completed the scoring, giving Selkirk a narrow but deserved win.

Selkirk were unlucky to lose David Gray with a nasty mouth injury after just five minutes, but Neil Brown held the back row together well in his absence. Special mention must also go to half-backs Fraser Jack and Gavin Craig, both of whom were at their top of their game.

This Saturday Selkirk 'A' have a Division 3 game against Musselburgh 2nds at Philiphaugh.

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.

Gavin Craig - one of Selkirk's
best players on the night.