Late-show Vics to the four again

Selkirk Vics v Coldstream Amateurs. Ally Orr

Selkirk Vics v Coldstream Amateurs. Ally Orr

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THE Vics moved into third place in the table with a 4-3 win for the second Saturday in a row.

The home side were ahead within two minutes. Alastair Orr fired a shot across goal and it was turned in at the back post by the advancing Ryan Clapperton.

However, Coldstream weren’t behind for long. A corner was swung in from the right and the ball headed into the roof of the net from six yards out.

Five minutes later, the Streamers were ahead. A pass was slipped between the Selkirk centre backs and clipped past Michael White in the Vics’ goal.

Both teams looked threatening going forward and the Souters equalised after half an hour. The Coldstream keeper spilled a cross from the left-hand side and it fell to the feet of Darren Munro who squeezed the ball into the far corner from the tightest of angles.

The Berwickshire men responded well again and were ahead for the second time 10 minutes before the interval. William Mercer was judged to have tripped the tricky right winger in the box and the resulting penalty was converted.

But on the stroke of half-time Selkirk levelled when their opponents failed to clear a cross from Steven Sharkey. The ball fell to Clapperton who drilled a half-volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his second goal.

The Souters created a number of chances in the second half, but struggled to find the net. Munro and Orr came close with headers, while captain Grant Brownlee struck the bar.

With 10 minutes to go, Coldstream were reduced to 10 men after one of their players kicked out at Orr. The visitors played with only one forward for the remainder of the game and this allowed Selkirk to push centre-half Ryan Pritchard up front as they went for the winner.

On 85 minutes, within a minute of Pritchard going forward, he got on the end of a Munro flick-on before turning the last defender and smashing the ball into the top corner for the winning goal.

Tomorrow the Vics travel to Winton for their opening Waddell Cup match (1.30pm k.o.).

Selkirk Victoria: White, Sharkey, Pritchard, Brownlee, Mercer, Orr, Purves, Bodicoat, Clapperton, Douglas, Munro. Subs: Matheson, King, McDougall.

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