Selkirk Youth Club 12-7 Jed Thistle

Youth Club skipper Aaron McColm in action
Youth Club skipper Aaron McColm in action



With no referee the previous week this game was reorganised for last Saturday thanks to Ian Heard for stepping in late on to ensure the game was able to be played.

This was only the Youth Clubs second league game of the season and it proved to be very entertaining one with both teams evenly matched.

The first half started at a frantic pace promising the prospect of a high tempo game and Jed Thistle settled quicker than the Youth Club with their backs always looking threatening with ball in hand. It was only thanks to some well organised defending and teamwork by the Youth Club that prevented them from taking an early lead.

The Jed forwards were also giving the young Souters a tough time but after soaking up some early pressure Youth Club started to settle and put a few phases together of their own.

Prop forward Stephan Brester made good yardage but unfortunately the Jed stand off ripped the ball from him and broke away to score near the posts leaving an easy conversion to make it 7-0 to the visitors.

Following some end to end play Youth club worked their way towards the Jed try line and after some good pick and drives by Strath Mackenzie, Donald Nichol, Harry Borthwick and Josh Mackay the ball was moved quickly out to the backs for winger Aaron Henderson to score near the corner.

The Youth Club created more chances but found Jed to be well organised and difficult to break down and were glad to reach the half way stage unscathed following a few uneasy moments. Half time 7–5 to Jed.

The second half continued with both teams entertaining the supporters with end to end rugby. The Youth Club edged ahead midway through the half when winger Gregor Grahame found himself in space and used his speed to make a break towards the Jed tryline. He was well tackled and the ball was recycled several times before captain and centre Aaron McColm squeezed over to score near the corner with Scott Clark thumping over a difficult conversion.

Jed were always looking dangerous when in the Youth Club half and in one breakaway it looked as if they had found some space but centre Fraser Easson put in a great tackle to halt the danger. Hooker Josh Mackay was leading from the front by showing good pace and skills. Jed continued to put pressure on the Youth Club line towards the final whistle but good organised defending kept them out.

Credit must go to players and coaches of both teams for the way the game was played while thanks go to sponsors Alan MacDonald School of Motoring and Cara & John Elliot.

This week the Youth Club face another difficult encounter when they entertain Peebles Colts at home.