Selkirk Youth Club 24-26 Peebles Colts

Ryan Shiell gets stopped short
Ryan Shiell gets stopped short



Selkirk Youth Club managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory last weekend when there opponents managed to intercept and score in the last play of the game.

The young Souters were devastated with the result having worked especially hard to come back from a 19-7 half time deficit to lead the game in the closing seconds.

Peebles started the game aggressively with their bigger more physical forwards proving to be difficult to stop with only some good defending in the home 22 preventing an early score. Just as it looked as if the Youth Club had weathered the storm however Peebles gained possession and chipped over the defence to gather and touch down near the posts leaving an easy conversion.

After 10 minutes the Youth Club worked their way into the Peebles half and captain Aaron McColm found some space to break through to touch down with scrum half Scott Clark converting to make it all square.

Peebles regained control, with their big No 8 proving particularly problematic, and two further tries, one converted, left Youth Club trailing by 12 points at the break.

After the restart Youth Club worked hard to prevent Peebles from going further ahead and managed to gain some momentum. Once gain McColm found a gap to score near the posts with Clark converting.

With the game now livening up Youth Club forwards began beavering away with the Mackenzie brothers working hard ably assisted by Harry Borthwick and Donald Nichol and the front three of Robbie Reilly, Josh Mackay and Stephan Brister/Kieran Blair managed to hold their own against immense pressure.

Scott Clark was trying to keep the backs moving forward with Fraser Easson and McColm combining well in both defence and attack and full back Mark Rutter always eager to attack from deep.

With ten minutes remaining Youth club advanced into the Peebles half and built up a few good phases before Mackay touched down in the corner. Clark slotted the difficult conversion before striking the ball between the sticks for a penalty goal to make the score to 24-19 in the Youth Club’s favour.

Shortly after another penalty was awarded and this time the ball was knocked into touch near the Peebles try line for a lineout. The Youth Club won and it was now the last play but a stray pass was intercepted and the Youth Club players were unable to prevent a try near the posts leaving an easy conversion much to the delight of the Peebles players and supporters.

Youth Club wish to thank sponsor Darren Hoggan of J A Waters & Sons, Family Butchers and John Dickson of J D Building Contractors.