SELKIRK’S play-off hopes were dented by fellow RBS National League challengers Stewart’s/Melville FP at Inverleith on Saturday.
The visitors created chances, but couldn’t turn pressure into points at critical moments of the contest.
“The boys took control for long spells of the game, but simple errors led to turnovers and missed scoring opportunities,” said Selkirk’s director of rugby Cameron Cochrane.
Penalties in the 15th and 24th minutes from stand-off Nick McCashin put the city team ahead before Scott Hendrie kicked one of his own, making the half-time score 6-3.
Selkirk took the lead for the first time when Fraser Harkness touched down, but a third penalty by McCashin, who also converted a penalty try 10 minutes from time, put the hosts two scores ahead.
Josh Welsh managed to salvage a losing bonus point with a try for the Souters just before the end.