Fight back by Youth Club in tale of two halves

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TRAILING 13-0 at half-time, Selkirk Youth Club managed to turn over Jed Thistle on their own patch to run out 15-13 winners last weekend.

Hosts Thistle started the game with the wind behind them and pinned the Souters in their own territory.

But when they did get into the Jed 22, visiting captain Callum McEwan caused his hosts some uneasy moments with his darting runs and centre Jack Elliot made some strong breaks, supported by Lewis Martin.

Jed eventually went ahead through a penalty kick and midway through the half increased their lead when a probing kick put the advancing Youth Club backs under pressure, and despite some determined tackling and defending, Jed powered over to score a converted try.

The Selkirk backs were finding it difficult to find a way through and any kicks out of defence were run straight back.

Just before half-time Jed slotted another penalty to make it 13-0 at half-time.

The Youth Club started the second period with the wind behind them, but still found it difficult to get near the try line. Midway through the half, however, stand off Darren Knox found his kicking boots and started putting his opponents under pressure.

The visiting back row began to take control and the Youth Club hammered away until some good forward pressure resulted in a pushover try from a line-out, with Jordan Lunt touching down in the corner.

Jed seemed to be tiring in the heavy underfoot conditions. Knox reduced the leeway with a long-range penalty before a chip into the Jed 22 allowed the chasing backs to hack on, with Findlay Amos touching down. Knox kept a cool head to slot over the conversion to take the lead for the first time.

Jed tried desperately to get into the visitors’ half, but determination prevented them from doing so.

Tomorrow, the Youth Club are at home against Berwick Colts (2pm).

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