Young Souters cling on

Selkirk Youth Club's James Bett wards of trouble during last Saturday's league clash.
Selkirk Youth Club's James Bett wards of trouble during last Saturday's league clash.

A RETURN to league action last weekend saw the Youth Club lads return home with a certain amount of relief after being ran close by Kelso Quins.

In a highly-competitive match the young Souters began to gain the upper hand, and after 16 minutes an excellent break by Lewis MacLennan resulted in a try for Callum McColm. Josh Welsh slotted over the conversion.

Kelso battled away, but from a good attacking spell MacLennan intercepted a misplaced pass in the Youth Club 22 and sped all the way to touch down, with Welsh converting.

The Youth Club were in control, with the forwards working well and matching the strong Tweedsiders’ pack.

A powerful run from hooker James Bett allowed Allan Smith to speed through the Kelso rearguard to score. The remainder of the half was played out with both teams trying to outmuscle and outfox each other, and at half-time the score remained 19-0 to Selkirk.

The second period was a different story. Kelso made some tactical changes to their team while the Youth Club found it difficult to find any rhythm.

Quins gained in confidence and after 20 minutes of the half forward pressure near the Youth Club try line saw Ross Henderson wriggle over to touch down for Murray Hastie to convert.

Ten minutes later the Tweedsiders did it all again, this time Hastie finding a gap to score and convert.

The last five minutes of the game were rather frantic before the referee blew for full-time, much to the relief of the Youth Club players, coaches and supporters.

This weekend the young Souters are playing a rearranged league game at home against Melrose Wasps.