Selkirk Youth Club14
Hopes of delivering a sting in the tale of the 2013/14 semi-junior league season were dashed by a menacing Melrose Wasps side on Saturday.
But the young Youth Club team, who started out as a relatively new and untried squad, can rest easy in the knowledge that they have made great improvements to finish the league in a commendable sixth place.
With their opponents last weekend needing a victory to ensure a title play-off against Jed Thistle, it was never going to be easy, but Youth Club put in a good performance in front of a large crowd at Victoria Park.
Melrose scored first before the young Souters battled back with Alan Rutter winning a race to touch down and Darren Knox adding the difficult conversion.
Another converted try from Wasps gave them a 14-7 advantage at the break.
After the restart, Wasps extended that lead with a penalty goal and a try, and once again Youth Club came fighting back, Rutter going over again after a big forward drive from Bruce MacKerracher, with Knox converting.
With some Youth Club players during after a hard, physical encounter, Melrose managed one more converted try before the final whistle to close the game out.
Youth Club wish to thank the Town Arms Inn for sponsoring the match.
As usual, a rebuilding will take place before next season and it is hoped that all players born after September 1, 1997, will be available over the summer to take part in training.