BORDER LEAGUE POOL B
FIRED-UP Haddington pushed Selkirk all the way in last Thursday’s rearranged match at Neilson Park.
The visitors eventually secured a bonus-point win to keep their play-off final hopes alive.
The home team raced to a 12-0 lead thanks to tries by Callum Davies and James Ferguson, one of which was converted by Graeme Dykes.
Soon afterwards, Selkirk wing Nyle Godsmark had to leave the field after being injured by a reckless challenge from a Haddington forward, who was yellow-carded for his troubles.
This proved the match’s turning point as Selkirk’s forwards raised their game several notches, and with Haddington down to 14 men, the Philiphaugh side scored three tries through Andrew Renwick (2) and Neil Darling, two converted by David Cassidy.
Selkirk led 19-12 at half-time.
The game’s tempo remained high for the rest of the contest, with the Souters eventually running out 31-15 winners, thanks to tries (one converted) from Martin Murray and Gavin Craig, while Dykes kicked a penalty for the home team.
Selkirk: F. Harkness; N. Godsmark, D. Cassidy, R. Nixon, C. Beattie; G. Craig, M. McVie; R. Taylor, S. Forrest, M. Weller, R. Aglen, S. Willet, N. Darling, R. Crockatt, A. Renwick. Subs: R. Banks, C. MacDougall, C. Marshall, M. Martin and M. Murray.