Selkirk Youth Club71
Following a rugby free weekend and a school holiday Selkirk Youth Club players could be forgiven for being slightly lethargic last weekend.
But it only took until the second half of the game for the cobwebs to be blown away and for the home side to hit full throttle at a wind swept Victoria Park.
Hawick PSA must be commended for fulfilling the fixture and coming to Selkirk with only 17 players.
Indeed the visitors took an early lead when their stand off produced a long kick into the Youth Club half and a combination of the high wind and uncertainty resulted in a try between the posts, which was also converted, for the Hawick outfit.
Clearly rattled the Youth Club began to work their way into the game and some good passing play opened up the enthusiastic PSA defence for stand off Matthew Brass to score.
Some strong running by winger Kerr Gerrard resulted in try number two and, when Aaron McColm won the ball with a four man overlap, full back Alan Rutter was sent in for number three.
PSA held their own in the scrum but were finding the Youth Club backs to be more skilled with centres Jy Griffin and MColm causing them problems. McColm added another try, with Rutter converting, and as half time approached skipper Scott Francis found space down the touchline to score in the corner to make it 27-7 at the midway interval.
What the makeshift PSA side lacked in experience they made up for in enthusiasm but mistakes began to creep in and the fitness of the Youth Club players began to show.
Pressure in the PSA 22 allowed Strath MacKenzie to charge down a kick which was picked up by hooker Finlay Amos who charged over the line to score and shortly after a fine break by winger Rory Hamilton set up McColm for his third try of the day.
With the home side now fully in their stride PSA suffered a complete collapse in the last 15 minutes of the game with further tries from Amos (2), Rutter, Griffin, converted by McColm, Harry Borthwick and Francis, who converted his own touch down to end the scoring.
Thanks to South East Heating Ltd and Four Seasons Forestry for sponsoring the match ball and players teas.
Tomorrow the Youth Club are away to league leaders Jed Thistle.