Selkirk Stormers 0, Earlston 21

Selkirk Stormers back in action in friendly fixture against Earlston

RYAN'S EXPRESS. Selkirk centre Ryan Henderson chases his own chip kick during Saturday's game against Earlston on the Burnmill pitch. [Photo: Grant Kinghorn]

WITH Haddington unable to raise a team for Saturday's Border Farm Supplies Championship match at Philiphaugh, Earlston kindly agreed to step into the breach for a friendly match played on the Burnmill pitch.

This was the first game of 2010 for the Stormers, and a good contest was enjoyed by most of the crowd. The match started at a cracking pace, with both sides eager to blow away any cobwebs from their long lay-off.

It was good to see former Selkirk player Alan McDowall back at his old stomping ground, only this time wearing the colours of his home club Earlston. Selkirk had the upper hand early on, but could not sustain or turn this pressure into points.

After half an hour the visitors opened the scoring with a try, and this was the way things stayed until the interval. Halftime score: Stormers 0, Earlston 7.

In the second period Earlston scored two further tries, and with Selkirk still not being able to capitalise on pressure, the home side looked to be heading for another defeat. Fifteen minutes from full-time an incident on the near touchline involving a member of the public saw referee Iain Heard abandon the match with the score standing at 0-21 in Earlston's favour. Selkirk Rugby Club is to look into the matter

STORMERS - C. Monks, M. Hislop, M. Robertson, R. Henderson, M. Dogan, P. Smith, S. Tough, C. Henderson, S. Rodgerson, C. Fairbairn, C. Ward, S. Nixon, W. McClymont, K. Reid, R. McGregor. Replacements: T. Walling, M. Rodgerson, K. Lamont, C. Bruce, D Mackenzie.

Referee - I. Heard (Gala).