Late show by Jed denies young Souters

Tom Elliot keeps a tight hold of the ball despite this crunching tackle
Tom Elliot keeps a tight hold of the ball despite this crunching tackle

Selkirk Under-16s17

Jed-Forest Under-16s21

A late try by the visitors snuffed out Selkirk’s chances of victory in an evenly-balanced Border Under-16 League match under the Philiphaugh floodlights.

A slow start by the home team saw Jed race to a 14-0 half-time lead, thanks to a brace of converted tries.

However, some straight talking by Selkirk coaches Michael Jaffray and Neil Darling during the interval had the desired effect on Selkirk’s youngsters, resulting in a more committed and controlled display after the break.

Selkirk cut the deficit with a try under the posts from full-back Sam Coltherd following a quickly-taken tap penalty, with Fraser Easson adding the conversion. Excellent support play by the home players then led to further scores from Gregor Nichol and Matthew Francis, putting Selkirk ahead for the first time in the match.

However, Jed had the final say when a stray pass by the visitors caught the home defence off-guard, resulting in a simple try down the blind side which proved to be the final score of the evening.

Up front Selkirk were well served by Ewan Mackenzie, Tom Elliot and Josh Mackay, while behind the scrum Selkirk half-backs Scott Clark and Fraser Easson combined effectively.

Sam Coltherd and Mattie Francis also gave solid displays, with Gregor Nichol making a significant impact.

Selkirk now share fourth spot on the Borders Under-16s League table with Duns.