Souters notch derby victory as Peebles rue errors

Michael Davies has Neil Darling in support as he makes a break during Saturday's derby match against Peebles.
Michael Davies has Neil Darling in support as he makes a break during Saturday's derby match against Peebles.

PREMIER DIVISION TWO

FIONA SCOTT reports from Philiphaugh

A SECOND-HALF surge by Selkirk saw the Souters notch their second win on the bounce last weekend.

Peebles were the first to get points on the board when Neil Warnock wove a path to the try-line from just inside the Selkirk 22, but no sooner had he slotted the conversion than Selkirk equalised.

Scott Hendrie made a searing break to go over at the corner flag.

An intelligent piece of interplay between Fraser Harkness and Hendrie led to the latter scoring the next, before Peebles closed the gap with a Neil Warnock penalty.

Three minutes later, however, David Cassidy added a similar effort to his two previous conversions to leave the half-time score at 17-10.

On-form Cassidy added another three-pointer just after the restart and this time it was Warnock who replied likewise.

Just when it looked as though they might be making a comeback, disaster struck and it was that man Harkness who cashed in on a Peebles error by pouncing on a loose ball in the in-goal area to score. And the Selkirk full back turned on the style four minutes later with a mazy run to the line to dot down the bonus-point try. Cassidy popped over both conversions.

Credit to Peebles who continued to put pressure on their hosts and were rewarded with a Drew Moore try.

As time ran out, frustration crept in and the visitors lost influential forward Alan Warnock to the sin-bin. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Harkness saw his chance and took it from close range. Cassidy converted to complete the scoring.

Selkirk: F. Harkness; S. Hendrie, D. Cassidy, R. Nixon, C. Beattie; R. Banks, M. Davis; G. Patterson, S. Forrest, C. Lacour, R. Aglen, J. Kikvidze, N. Darling, C. Marshall, A. Renwick. Subs: C. McColm, C. Johnstone, P. Forrest, S. Renwick.