HARD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR INJURY-HIT SELKIRK ‘A’, AS 10-TRY BIGGAR CALL ALL THE SHOTS

Skipper Liam Cassidy touches down in the corner for Selkirk A’s second try in Saturday’s match.

Selkirk ‘A’ number eight Declan Broatch in full flight, backed up by Liam Cassidy and Ryan Legge.

David Cassidy on the charge yet again, with Matthew Mackay ready to lend a hand if needed.

Selkirk’s Adam Nichol does his level best to escape the clutches of Biggar 2nds’ covering defenders.

[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


SELKIRK ‘A’ 10, BIGGAR 2nds 65

ONCE again a depleted Selkirk ‘A’ side came up against formidable opposition in Saturday’s Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 fixture at Philiphaugh.
The visitors’ line-up included several 1st XV stalwarts, along with Polish internationalist Craig Bachurzewski. However, tries either side of halftime by Cassidy brothers David and Liam exemplified the Souters’ dogged determination to never give up.
With several ‘A’ XV players called up for the 1st XV’s Premiership match at Troon, Selkirk’s makeshift side nevertheless showed plenty of commitment, and but for some knock-ons in the closing minutes may have registered a few more tries.
Callum Smith opened the scoring for Biggar, followed by scores from Calum McCallum and centres Andrew Lamb and Alasdair Sinclair, with McCallum adding the extras.
Selkirk’s response came from a steady build-up. Callum Turnbull and Declan Broatch made the hard yards, before scrum-half Ryan Legge released player-coach David Cassidy, who punched his way through the Biggar defence to cross the line.
Tries by lock Callum Dunlop and Sinclair gave Biggar a 36-5 interval lead.
Four further tries pushed the game beyond Selkirk’s reach, but with Biggar down to 14 men after prop Louis Henderson’s yellow card, searing runs by Adam Nichol and Turnbull forced Biggar on to the back foot.
A series of pick and drives resulted in home captain Liam Cassidy touching down in the corner for a well-deserved try.
A further card was shown to Biggar winger Callum Smith, but visiting scrum-half Archie Damer completed the scoring to bring the full time score to 65-10.
SELKIRK – T. Martin, R. Murray, L. Martin, G. Nichol, M. Mackay, D. Cassidy, R. Legge, R. Reilly, M. Stanners, C. Turnbull, J. Turnbull, C. Ward, L. Cassidy, R. MacKessack-Leitch, D. Broatch. Replacements:  A. Nichol, L. Sanders, S. Cockburn. 
Referee – Darren Fisher (Hawick)

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