SELKIRK ‘A’ TOO STRONG FOR JED COUNTERPARTS IN HIGH-SCORING RESERVE LEAGUE VICTORY

Selkirk A’s livewire threequarter Clark Young scores the first of his two tries against Jed ‘A’ on Saturday.

Number eight Andrew Cochrane takes clean line-out ball as Selkirk ‘A’ prepare to go on the attack.

He’s under there somewhere! Prop Matthew Francis burrows his way over the line for Selkirk’s first try.

Frazer Anderson prepares to take on Jed’s Clark Douglas, watched by referee Matthew Wilkie.

Andrew McColm tries to wrest back possession from the opposition, with team-mate Ross McFadzen ready to lend a hand if needed
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[Photos – JOHN SMAIL].

SELKIRK ‘A’ 43, JED-FOREST ‘A’ 12

THE Selkirk ‘A’ players turned in their best performance of the season, in possibly the worst playing conditions, to record a well-deserved victory over local rivals Jed-Forest ‘A’ in Saturday’s Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 fixture at Philiphaugh.
With the gale-force wind and squally rain showers at their back in the first half, the Souters took the game to the visitors right from the off, and it wasn’t long before prop Matthew Francis bulldozed his way over the line for the home team’s first try, converted by Scott Clark.
Willing to run the ball at every opportunity despite the difficult conditions, further scores followed for wings Frazer Anderson and Clark Young.
Selkirk’s fly-half Scott Clark then added a try of his own, with his third conversion making the interval score Selkirk ‘A’ 26, Jed-Forest ‘A’ 0.
At the start of the second half, Jed harnessed the elements just as effectively as their hosts had in the first, cutting the deficit to 14 points thanks to a brace of tries from flanker Gareth Williams, one of which was converted by Clark Douglas.
Spurred by this turn of events, Selkirk’s forwards began to dominate possession and pinned Jed deep in their own half for increasingly long periods.
The upshot was three further tries from Young (his second of the match), Andrew Cochrane and Andrew McColm, who was later voted Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’. Clark added a single conversion to end the scoring.
One plus-mark for the home side was the appearance at scrum-half of Ethan McVicker, who made a highly promising debut for his new club and looks certain to be a big asset for Selkirk.
SELKIRK ‘A’ - S. Cockburn, F. Anderson, L. Martin, D. Cassidy, C. Young, S. Clark, E. McVicker, K. Thomson, R. McFadzen, M. Francis, A. McColm, C. Turnbull, D. Broatch, L. Cassidy, A. Cochrane. Replacements: M. Stanners, M. Mackay, J. Turnbull, R. MacKessack-Leitch, A. Nichol, T. Martin, A. Penman.
JED-FOREST ‘A’ – L. Elder, L. Smith, K. Hayes, J. Amos, L. Turnbull, C. Douglas, A. Bambrick, G. Clarkson, M. Purves, J. Bowie, A. Sweenie, J. Wieczysty, G. Williams, K. Scott, B. Howe. Replacements: D. Hunter, N. Bates, T. Cromarty, K. Rowles, J. Feeney, J. Rowles.

Referee – Matthew Wilkie (Kelso).

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