A DEPLETED Youth Club delivered an early Christmas present to their supporters with an impressive win against Kelso Quins.
The under-18 side triumphed 17-8 at Broomlands Primary School pitch last Saturday, despite only having 17 fit players, with six members of the squad missing through illness and injury.
But up stepped Jordan Lunt to grab a brace of tries and a well-deserved two points for the Victoria Park side.
The victory sets up the Youth Club for its trip to Jed Thistle tomorrow, with a 2pm start.
With so many players missing, Selkirk required to do some reorganising of its side for the Kelso clash.
Scott McKinnon moved to prop, Findlay Amos started at hooker and Sam McKay also featured in the starting XV in the front row.
The backs also had to make changes, with skipper Callum McEwan out due to illness. That meant Jack Elliot and Lewis Martin played at centre together, supported by Alan Rutter and Craig Bruce on the wings.
The Youth Club started well against a full-strength Quins side and pushed their hosts back into their own half.
Both teams put a lot of effort into the game but were unable to find a score via boot or hand for the majority of the first period.
However, the deadlock was finally broken just before half-time, when the Youth Club forwards gained some momentum and second row Lunt found space to barge over the Kelso try line to score, stand-off Darren Knox narrowly missing the conversion.
Selkirk threatened to add to their tally, as the back row of Scott McClymont, Philip Anderson and Andrew Toole worked extremely well and caused Kelso plenty of problems.
The Youth Club played downhill in the second half, and after a spell of pressure, Lunt scored his second try of the day after some good forward play.
Knox’s conversion made it 12-0 and put the visitors in a strong position.
Play moved from end to end and at times it was a bit too frantic for the Youth Club’s coaching staff and supporters.
Kelso began to dominate possession and finally breached the Youth Club’s try line to pull themselves back into the game.
A penalty by Kelso meant the score stood at 12-8 and all of a sudden the visitors’ lead looked far less stable.
However, with a few minutes of play left, Selkirk made sure of the victory when pressure on the home defence led to McKinnon diving over.
The win is Selkirk’s sixth in the Border Semi-junior League this season, but with six defeats the Youth Club will not be reclaiming the title won so convincingly last season.