Melrose Wasps 17
Selkirk Youth Club 28
FOR the first time this season Selkirk Youth Club struggled, but after an indifferent performance eventually won to keep their shared top spot.
The wet, slippery conditions proved to be difficult for both teams and after a scrappy start the young Souters went ahead thanks to a Josh Welsh penalty. For their part, Wasps looked more determined and organised, and after 10 minutes drew level when scrum half David Colvine knocked over a similar effort.
Following some continuous pressure in the 22, Colvine burst through a sleeping defence to score near the posts and convert to give Melrose a well-deserved lead.
Youth Club started to put some moves together, but found the Wasps defence hard to break.
After 20 minutes, Welsh kicked a penalty and, soon after, used his strength to score and convert from a quickly-taken penalty to give his team a narrow lead.
With half-time approaching, Rose managed to hack on a loose ball and grab another try with Colvine converting to make the half-time score 17-13 to the hosts.
The second half was much the same as the first with both teams trying hard to increase their score and it was the visitors who did so first with Welsh again going over the line after some good build-up play.
With 10 minutes remaining Bryer Mennie dove in to score at the corner to stretch the lead to six points. Melrose fought back, but were becoming a bit frustrated and had their scrum half yellow-carded for a bit of indiscipline.
Just before time, Callum McEwan showed football skills to dribble the ball over and touch down to make the game safe.