SELKIRK YOUTH CLUB51
The Youth Club travelled to play Hawick PSA at Burnfoot last Saturday and returned with a very convincing win under their belts.
Working their way into their opponents half from the off the young Souters were met with some gritty determination as PSA worked equally hard to keep them out.
However, after six minutes, some good work from the Youth Club forwards managed to break down the Hawick side and flanker Strath Mackenzie used his speed to burst through and score between the posts with scrum half Scott Clark converting.
This appeared to settle the Youth Club team who started to move the ball about well and with 10 minutes played the centre partnership of Aaron McColm and Fraser Easson created space for prop forward Stephan Brister to score.
The PSA were relying on the odd break out of defence but could not sustain enough real pressure to concern the Youth Club defence and with 20 minutes played the visitors further increased their lead after winning a PSA lineout. Mackenzie bursting through to score between the posts and Clark converting.
The PSA continued to show determination but lacked some finesse at times. The game became untidy with the hosts disrupting Youth Club progress and the visitors in turn being guilty of silly errors. However with half time approaching skipper McColm showed some good skills to wrong foot the PSA defence and score with Clark converting to make it 26-0 at half time.
The Youth Club started the second half with a quick try from McColm but the PSA battled hard and made it awkward at times without really threatening the visitors’ try line.
The next try came as a result of a strong run by No 8 Harry Borthwick who passed to Donald Nichol to power over. Borthwick then got his name on the scoresheet after he took a quick penalty, catching the PSA sleeping, to take the scoreline to 41 points to Nil.
The Youth Club coaches used all the substitutes and they all put in a good stint despite the team having a tough 15 minutes after Josh Mackay was sin binned and Aaron McColm was off receiving treatment.
The PSA played with enthusiasm and applied pressure on the Youth Club try line and although the visitors worked hard to keep them out, scored two tries in a 10 minute spell.
The game was scrappy and untidy but towards the end the Youth Club took control and finished the game off with tries from Easson and Mackay.
This Saturday the Youth Club play last seasons Scottish Youth Champions Jed Thistle at Victoria Park with a 2.45pm kick off.