NATIONAL RESERVE DIVISION TWO
CONFIDENCE is key to this weekend’s National Reserve League match against Division Two leaders Heriot’s and, despite being edged out by local rivals Melrose last weekend the feeling is positive amongst the squad.
Skipper John Everitt commented: “In truth last week’s result could have gone either way. The improved performance should lift morale for Saturday’s match at Goldenacre and we’ve all be working hard at training to keep up the momentum.”
It was a good entertaining contest at the Greenyards where the visitors took an early lead with a Craig MacDougall penalty, and they went further ahead when flanker Sean Nixon exploited a mix-up at a scrum on the Melrose line to pounce on the loose ball and score.
Melrose hit back with two tries of their own, but the Philiphaugh players kept battling away to remain very much in contention at halftime.
After the break, fly-half Callum McColm took to the field, after missing the first half through a work commitment, and made an immediate impact by supplying a scoring pass to MacDougall who also converted.
Melrose went ahead through another brace of converted tries, but Selkirk stayed in the hunt with a try out wide from Matt Robertson following Mike Davies’ quickly taken tap penalty.
Despite putting pressure on the home team in the closing stages of the game Selkirk were unable to turn pressure into points and were eventually beaten by the whistle.
Selkirk A: S. Bell; H. Aynsley, A. Given, A. Lyall, S. Tough; C. MacDougall, M. Davies; B. Reid, M. Waldron, C. Henderson, E. Turner, A. Lambie, S. Nixon, M. Robertson, J. Everitt. Subs: C. McColm, S. Renwick, J. Turnbull.