EDINBUGH ACCIES TAKE THEIR CHANCES AS SELKIRK STILL UNABLE TO FIND WINNING FORMULA

Young Selkirk wing Archie Penman heads upfield, with team-mate Ryan Cottrell ready to lend support.

Selkirk lock Thomas Brown spares no effort to move the ball, watched by his skipper Ewan MacDougall.

Scott McClymont finds replacement prop Moray Haldane on his shoulder as Selkirk launch another attack.

Joe Anderson is taking no prisoners on this touchline burst.

[Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


EDINBURGH ACCIES 24, SELKIRK 9

CONSISTENCY continues to prove an elusive goal for Selkirk, who slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat on Saturday, despite more than matching Edinburgh Accies for long spells in a stop-start affair at Raeburn Place.
The bonus point win - secured in the dying seconds of the match - guarantees the city side a place in the Tennent’s Premiership end-of-season play-offs, while the defeat drops the Philiphaugh men down to ninth place in the table.
A good many of the Souters’ problems stemmed from set-piece play, with the line-outs proving an Achilles heel – several line-outs being lost inside their city opponents’ 22, in spite of it being Selkirk’s throw-in.
That said, indiscipline at the breakdown cost Accies dear in the opening quarter, and it came as no surprise when the visitors took a 9-0 lead following two successful penalty kicks by Scott Clark and a long-range effort from Callum Anderson.
Just before the interval Selkirk found themselves the victim of a double-whammy when, inside the space of a minute, Accies crossed for a brace of tries through Cameron Bain and Hamish Jones.
Home fly-half Jamie Looms converted the first of these, giving the home team a 12-9 halftime lead.
With Selkirk skipper Ewan MacDougall leading from the front and invariably crossing the gain line with ball in hand, the Souters did their level best after the break to wrest back the initiative.
However, it was the Raeburn Place men who showed the greater aptitude for taking scoring chances whenever they came along – Josh Sole breaking a tackle to score under the posts, with Loomes added the simple conversion to stretch the home team’s lead to 19-9.
In the dying seconds of the contest, centre Neil Armstrong added the coup de grace by squeezing over in the corner to earn his side that all-important bonus point.
EDINBURGH ACCIES: V Hart; H Janes, R Kent, N Armstrong, B Appleson; J Loomes, B Grainger; C Imrie, C Black, C Lacour, C Bain, F Simpson, J Sole, M Walker, R Campbell. Replacements: R Montgomery, A Winnington-Ingram, S Hegarty, J Troup, M Sinclair.
SELKIRK: R Cottrell; C MacNeill, B Pickles, C Anderson, A Penman; S Clark, J Hamilton; L Pettie, J Bett, B Riddell, T Brown, A McColm, R Cook, S McClymont, E MacDougall. Replacements: M Haldane, J Anderson, A Cochrane, C Young, E McVicker.

Referee: Jonny Perriam (SRU)
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