Winning in the rain for fast improving young Souters

Selkirk Youth club's Philip Anderson secures line-out ball
Selkirk Youth club's Philip Anderson secures line-out ball

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PLAYING in difficult grey conditions, Selkirk Youth Club showed fighting spirit – not only to win, but leapfrog their opponents in the Semi-Junior League.

The young Souters started badly and gifted Peebles a try in the first minute. A stray pass from scrum half Scott Francis was pounced on by the alert Peebles backs and the ball was hacked over the Youth Club line, touched down and converted,

This gave Peebles confidence and they caused the Youth Club all sorts of problems. It was only some desperate defending that prevented them from going further ahead. Selkirk dug deep with flankers Jay Griffin and Andrew Toole working hard, aided by skipper Philip Anderson.

Youth Club eventually got their act together and started pressing Peebles in their own 22. A quick penalty was taken by Francis and centre Jack Elliot was on hand to wriggle through to touch down. Darren Knox converted to make it all square.

Shortly after Peebles took the lead when Anderson was penalised and the Peebles no. 12 kicked over the penalty, but Knox replied likewise, making it 10-10 at half-time.

The second period was contested well by both teams, but the Youth Club managed to keep the pressure on. Further tries from Kieran Thomson and Knox, who converted his own try, sealed the win.

The game then petered out as the skies darkened further.

Thanks to sponsors Jim Ross Roofing and John & Cara Elliot.