Selkirk 'A' 17, Gala 'A' 23

So near yet so far, as Selkirk 'A' edged out by Maroons in top-of-table clash

WITH both teams boasting unbeaten records in this season's Border Farm Supplies Championship, something had to give when the league's two front-runners met at Philiphaugh on Saturday.

In the end it was the Maroons who ran out narrow winners, although they were pushed all the way by a Selkirk team who had chances of their own to swing the match their way, but who couldn't match the visitors' more clinical finishing.

Selkirk opened the scoring early in the first half, with skipper Fraser Jack scoring a well worked try, converted by Rory Banks. Gala levelled the scores shortly afterwards with a try by No. 8 Tommy Cox, converted by Lee Miller.

Selkirk then began to dominate proceedings but couldn't get over the visitors' try line. Just before the interval it looked as though Selkirk would score from a three-to-one overlap, but the attempted pass was intercepted by Gala stand-off Lee Miller, who raced away for a try from inside his own 22. Halftime score: Selkirk 7, Gala 12.

Selkirk made a better start to the second half, with Rory Banks landing a spectacular drop-goal. A penalty by Lee Miller then restored Gala's five-point lead, before Selkirk No. 8 John Everitt crossed for a try on the hour mark. Rory Banks added the conversion to edge Selkirk in front.

With 10 minutes remaining Gala got their noses in front after a missed tackle allowed the visitors' left wing to finish off a move in the corner. Shortly afterwards Miller knocked over a penalty to make the final score Selkirk 17, Gala 23.

SELKIRK - D. Scott, T. Swan, J. Hendrie, A. Lyall, B. Wilkinson, R. Banks, F. Jack, R. Price, P. Forrest, B. Reid, K. Connor, C. Marshall, C. Kemp, D. Gray, J. Everitt. Replacements: I. Walling, S. Nixon, S. McDonald, S. Tough, A. Millar.