SELKIRK ended their Scottish Premier Cup campaign with a solid victory over Pool G opponents Kelso at sunny Poynder Park on Saturday.
Both teams used the contest as a warm-up exercise for this weekend’s Premier B & C play-off matches against Gala and Kirkcaldy respectively.
Clearly boosted by the previous week’s impressive victory at Aberdeen, Selkirk played with confidence and composure against a stuffy Kelso team determined to make the Philiphaugh men battle for every scrap of possession.
Once again it was utility threequarter David Cassidy who emerged as Selkirk’s hero.
The full-back opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he popped up on the blindside from a set- piece move to dummy his way between two home defenders and score close to the posts. He added the conversion, and two minutes later successfully kicked a penalty to put the Souters 10-0 ahead.
At this point Selkirk lock Simon Willet had to retire to the sidelines with a nasty head wound and Scott McDonald came off the bench.
On the half-hour mark Selkirk were awarded a penalty try when Michael McVie was tackled before he had received what would have been a scoring pass from wing Nyle Godsmark. Cassidy added the conversion and when the half-time whistle blew Selkirk were 17-0 ahead.
With the breeze and sun now at their backs, Kelso came more into the game after the break, but found Selkirk’s defence in uncompromising mood.
The only score of the half came in the 53rd minute when Cassidy kicked his second penalty of the afternoon.
The match saw Selkirk stand-off Gavin Craig make his debut as 1st XV captain.
Selkirk: D. Cassidy; N. Godsmark, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, R. Banks; G. Craig, M. McVie; R. Taylor, M. Martin, M. Weller, R. Aglen, S. Willet, R. Crockatt, C. Johnston, C. Marshall. Subs: D. Scott, S. Forrest, M. Murray S. McDonald, R. Godsmark.