Small steps in the right direction

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THERE’S still a long way to go in terms of league climbing for Selkirk FC – but with two wins in their last two outings, coaching staff are beginning to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

Tomorrow the team face Berwick Rangers Reserves, who are fourth in the table, in a home encounter at Yarrow Park – and coach Aaron Biggs is looking for the hat-trick.

“We drew with Berwick in the League Cup at the start of the season and they are a very useful side,” he told The Wee Paper earlier this week, adding: “I am expecting it to be another close game on Saturday, but having won our last two games our confidence has risen, so here’s hoping we can make it three in a row.”

Euan Pritchard is still on the injury list, but apart from that the team are fighting fit.

Last weekend Selkirk came out top in a Division One derby dogfight against an ever-improving Hawick Royal Albert, and after a slow start the Souters managed to raise their game to take a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Although the action was low key, Selkirk always looked the more dangerous in the early stages of the game, with David Battle and Jonny Watt both going close. Skipper John Dodds was also in his usual good form and managed to keep a firm hold on the few shots that did come his way.

Selkirk broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when Barry Milven latched onto a well-executed corner kick to head the ball into the net.

Hawick equalised on the hour, Steven Allan slotting away a penalty after Bobby Nwanze was deemed to have been pushed by Kenny Munro – but the rest of the game belonged to Selkirk. Michael Holness and Watt added another two goals to secure a much-needed victory.

Looking back on the game, Biggs commented: “I was not exactly delighted with our footballing show, but I sure was delighted with the result.”

He added: “We rode our luck at times, but I was pleased with the attitude and character we showed throughout the match and this was a big turnaround from what it was like three or four weeks ago.”

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