DESPITE a bright start, the Youth Club slumped to a disappointing defeat to Melrose Wasps last weekend.
Selkirk started well and took an early lead from a well-struck penalty from stand-off Darren Knox. Melrose’s No 10 replied in kind soon after from a penalty at a ruck.
Despite having a lot of possession in the Wasps half, the young Souters were unable to break through an organised defence.
Continual mistakes resulted in unnecessary penalties being given away and in a scrappy ending to the half they found themselves behind by 15-3, much to the annoyance of their coaches, as Melrose had never been close to the Youth Club try line.
The second half did not improve much and the Melrose stand-off chipped through a weak Selkirk rearguard to touch down and stretch the lead.
Once again, most of the play took place in the Melrose half, but Youth Club still failed to gain any control due to their game being littered with errors.
The normally reliable forwards were also finding the going tough and midway through the half, Melrose increased their lead further with yet another penalty.
With 10 minutes remaining, the Souters finally broke through the Melrose defence and captain Callum McEwan was unlucky not to score when chasing a through ball, only for Melrose to kick it out of play.
To everyone’s astonishment the referee awarded a 22m kick-out for Melrose and they worked their way into the Youth Club half and, despite some desperate defending, scored a pushover try.
The Youth Club did finish the game with a flourish when a good break by McEwan allowed full back Jack Elliot to touch down behind the posts for Knox to convert.
Thanks to Bankend Services and John & Cara Elliot for sponsoring the match.
The Youth Club are at home this Saturday against Duns Colts kick off 2.30pm. They’ll be hoping for a better performance.