The future looks brighter for Selkirk FC this week following the announcement of a £50,000 floodlighting plan at Yarrow Park.
Talking after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of local rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers, Selkirk boss Steve Forrest bemoaned the lack of training facilities for his side over the festive break.
This week’s revelation, however, has put a smile back on the manager’s face.
“It’s all down to some great work from the guys behind the scenes,” he said.
“Selkirk FC is one of the most forward-thinking clubs I have ever worked with – I love it.”
Planning permission to erect four 45ft poles, complete with state-of-the art cluster lighting, will be submitted to Scottish Borders Council next week. If approved the club will then apply for funding from the Football Partnership, SFA and various Lottery grants and have the lighting in place by the time the dark nights draw in again.
Selkirk FC committee member Ross Anderson told us: “We have been working on this project since November and are confident that everything will go through.
“We have done our homework and are working with a company called Musco Lighting who have drawn up plans for us and have been advising us along the way. The lights we will be using are the most advanced and economical available. They will point direct light onto the main pitch with minimum leakage, so we won’t be lighting up Bannerfield in the process.
“The plan also includes providing lighting for the training pitch and the Vics pitch, so it will benefit everyone from junior through to senior level.”
From a training point of view, the new lighting will benefit the club enormously as the teams are currently training on a small piece of ground, and once that gets churned up options are limited.
“We have struggled to find facilities over the festive break as we normally train at high schools and indoor pitches, and it has been difficult for us to work on our fitness,” said Forrest.
That certainly showed last week. Selkirk were off the pace from the start as Gala bagged their third win in a row over the Yarrow Park men.
To credit the visitors, they were organised and stuffy during the first half, until two strikes before the break deflated them. After Gregor Amos made two outstanding saves to deny Callum Jardine and Jason Inglis, the Selkirk stopper was finally beaten by a shot on 42 minutes by Stuart Noble, followed by the striker slamming the ball into the corner of the net seconds before half-time. The in-form forward then produced a fine cross on 74 minutes to set up substitute Jamie Gibson to volley home. A foul by Danny Bonnar on Phil Addison saw the latter pull a goal back for Selkirk from the penalty spot with five minutes left.
Tomorrow, Selkirk travel to play Vale of Leithen in a League Cup clash (2pm).