Things will only get tougher, says Cochrane

Callum McColm makes a break for Selkirk
Callum McColm makes a break for Selkirk
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Selkirk are sitting pretty at the top of the National League One table at the halfway stage of the competition, following last weekend’s hard-fought win over Kelso.

The undefeated Souters find themselves 10 points clear at the top of the table thanks to victories over each of the other 11 teams in the league – a feat never before achieved in the club’s history.

Backs coach Cameron Cochrane praised the players’ achievement of completing a clean sweep of opponents in the first half of the league, but warned things will only get tougher in the second half of the programme.

He said: “The boys have done unbelievably well to be where they are at the halfway stage, and all credit to Peter (Wright) for instilling self-belief and confidence into the whole squad. The players have all bought into what he’s trying to achieve, and the game plan he wants them to adopt.

“It definitely helps that the players already have good technical ability and skills, and this is down to the success of Selkirk’s youth policy over recent years, which is now reaping rewards.”

This weekend, Biggar are the visitors to Philiphaugh.

Elsewhere in National League One, Kelso welcome Peebles to Poynder Park for a game that doubles up as a Booker Border League tie, while Hillhead Jordanhill are the visitors to Riverside, where they take on Jed-Forest.

Up in the top flight, Melrose travel to Boroughmuir fighting to hold onto their third place in the Premiership.

Melrose director of rugby Mike Dalgetty said: “It’s another big game and one we need to win to keep the momentum going.

“They got the better of us first time round in a game in which we just didn’t perform, so we will be working really hard to make amends.”

Hawick, with Boroughmuir a point behind and Glasgow Hawks a point ahead, welcome league leaders Ayr to Mansfield Park, but have the psychological edge of knowing they beat them 26-27 in a thrilling encounter away from home earlier this season.

Gala will be looking to get back to winning ways at Anniesland where they take on Glasgow Hawks.