SEMI JUNIOR LEAGUE
DESPITE putting in an improved performance, Youth Club went down in this tough physical encounter in Hawick.
During a lively start, second row Jordan Lunt took the initiative with a good catch and run, resulting in Hamish Robinson diving over in the corner.
The visitors kept up the pressure, but a tendency to give away unnecessary penalties proved a problem.
Hawick always looked dangerous when their forwards had control, but continual disruption by Selkirk flankers Andrew Toole and Scott McClymont kept the hosts at bay.
With half-time approaching Hawick forced their way towards the try line and touched down out wide. The conversion was good. And almost straight from the kick-off, and from a similar position, PSA doubled their tally to make the interval score 14-5.
Youth Club started the second half well, a slick move from Jack Elliot was passed to captain Callum McEwan who sped through to score in the corner.
When Hawick did get themselves into the Youth Club 22, however, their forwards kept possession and battered their way through, despite some determined defending. And, from some such play, their centre brushed aside a couple of tackles to score between the posts leaving an easy conversion.
Shortly after the Youth Club reduced the lead when McEwan finished off a well-worked team move, but, just when it looked as if they were gaining the upper hand, they gave away a penalty. Hawick took control and their big forwards were sent on to muscle their way over the tryline for the final score of the game.
Tomorrow, the Youth Club are at home against Gala Wanderers, kick-off 1.45pm.