SHORT-HANDED SELKIRK ‘A’ UNABLE TO STEM THE TIDE AS HERIOT’S BLUES 2nds CRUISE TO VICTORY

Ryan Legge floats out a pass to team-mate Sam Cockburn in Saturday’s fixture against Heriot’s Blues 2nds.

Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’ award winner Adam Nichol finds the Heriot’s defence a tough nut to crack.
[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


SELKIRK ‘A’ 12, HERIOT’S BLUES 2nds 67

INJURY-HIT Selkirk ‘A’ were left ‘singing the blues’ on Saturday, after Tennent’s East Reserve League 1 leaders Heriot’s Blues 2nds inflicted a heavy defeat on them.
Because the Souters were unable to field a front row, uncontested scrums were agreed, in addition to which the home side could only field 15 players so the result was never really in doubt.
Flanker Patrick Mullins and centre Connor Keys notched early tries for the visitors, but good work from the home pack saw No. 8 Robert Cook score under the posts to give Sam Cockburn an easy conversion.
Some telling runs from young Selkirk stand-off Thomas Martin kept the Heriot’s defence guessing, but visiting fly-half Angus Reid’s try made the halftime score 7-15.
With the wind at their backs and the use of six replacements, Heriot’s moved up a gear and ran in tries from Paul Christie, Richard Winton, Charles Dineen and flanker Caolan Moloney, two conversions being added by Reid.
Home skipper Liam Cassidy led from the front and continued to make the hard yards, well supported by Declan Broatch and brothers Callum and Jamie Turnbull. Their hard work was rewarded when centre Adam Nichol created the space for Thomas Martin to glide over for a well-taken try.
Injuries to David Cassidy and Kieran McGregor saw Selkirk reduced to 13 men, and tries by Gregor Fraser, Connor Keys and Ewan Adamson, plus three conversions by Christie and another by Adamson, completed the scoring.
“It would have been easy to cancel the game, but the boys wanted it to go ahead,” said ‘A’ XV team manager Bryan Hoggan. “We were up against a quality team, but this young side never gave up - even when chasing a lost cause.”
In the home pack Lawry Edwards showed great promise, encouraged by ever-improving scrum-half Ryan Legge, while in the backs ‘man of the match’ Adam Nichol continues to shine at centre.
SELKIRK – S. Cockburn, A. Cairney, D. Cassidy, A. Nichol, K. McGregor, T. Martin, R. Legge, L. Edwards, M. Stanners, D. Broatch, F. Robertson, C. Turnbull, L. Cassidy, J. Turnbull, R. Cook.
HERIOT’S – C. Lineen, E. Revill, P. Christie, C. Keys, C. Dineen, A. Reid, E. Adamson, F. Stiven, S. Mustard, S. Hodgen, A. Woolfson, W. Brown, P. Mullins, C. Moloney, R. Winton. Replacements: H. Mohammed, H. Morris, F. Belfield, G. Fraser, J. Macmillan, M. McSorley.
Referee – Simeon Greenaway-Robbins. (Edinburgh)

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