NATIONAL RESERVE LEAGUE ONE
THANKS to a great team effort, John Everitt’s men managed to battle their way to a bonus-point victory last weekend, which could prove priceless come the end of the campaign.
Despite being outweighed up front, the home forwards upped their workrate to gain parity in both the set-piece and loose.
And with Selkirk fly-half Callum McColm having an outstanding game, the stage was set for an absorbing afternoon’s rugby.
It took Selkirk just four minutes to open their account – evergreen prop Martin Murray bulldozing his way over for a try.
Hardly had the home supporters had time to draw breath than the Souters stretched their lead. A brilliant break up the middle by the mercurial McColm was stopped just short of the posts. He managed to off-load to half-back partner Mikey Davies, who touched down.
McColm made the conversion before Ayr hit back with a try from centre Michael Beckwith, converted by Colin Steel, who added a penalty on the half-hour mark.
However, by half-time Selkirk had stretched their lead to 19-10 thanks to a great piece of opportunism by skipper Everitt, who fly-hacked a spilled ball and chased it over the Ayr line to score his team’s third try. McColm added the conversion.
After the break, Ayr cut the deficit thanks to a penalty from scrum half Michael Pickles, but soon afterwards home centre Craig MacDougall scored Selkirk’s bonus-point try, which was converted by McColm.
In the closing stages Beckwith’s second try and one from James Young put Ayr within touching distance, but some stout defensive work saw the home side hang on for a well deserved win.
Selkirk A: S. Bell; H. Aynsley, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, K. Monks; C. McColm, M. Davies; C. Henderson, J. Bett, M. Murray, K. Mitchell, A. Lambie, S. Nixon, M. Robertson, J. Everitt. Subs: R. Henderson, B. Purves, N. Wielbo, J. Turnbull, M. Waldron.
z Tonight, Selkirk A play a rearranged league game against Boroughmuir 2nds at Meggetland (7pm kick-off).