Stewarts Melville 19

Selkirk 29

Tom Ramage at Inverleith

SELKIRK remain in contention towards the top of BT National League One following a well-deserved win over in-form Stewarts Melville.

Clinton Wagman got the Souters off to a perfect start with a blazing run, inside the second minute, for the opening try.

Despite more good handling by the visiting backs it was the home team who were to draw level midway through the half.

Good driving by the Stewarts Melville pack allowed Adam Howie to crash over the line.

And just a few minutes later the Stewarts Melville captain went over again from an almost carbon-copy build up.

Freddie Rodick's conversion gave the home team a 12-5 half time advantage.

Selkirk stuck to their game plan after the interval, and they were rewarded with a second try just a few minutes after the restart.

Following several good phases of forward play scrum half Mikey Davies darted through a gap.

Banks converted for Selkirk to draw level.

But the home team were quickly on the front foot again with their rampaging forwards proving difficult to stop.

Fraser Stoddart eventually going over for the try, which was converted by Roddick.

Selkirk responded with an excellent try from Fraser Anderson.

Hamilton broke through the home defence to send the winger in at the corner.

The game was hanging in the balance with 20 minutes to go.

But it was Selkirk who finished strongly with Wagman rounding off a great move involving forwards and backs to edge the visitors in front.

Just a few minutes later Hamilton made another burst through the middle to take play into the Stewarts Melville 22, before the ball was recycled to allow Nichol to dart over.

Banks added the conversion to take Selkirk 10 points clear.