We’ve found the secret to winning – and we’re going to keep it

David Battle puts in a challenge for the ball in last weekend's league encounter against Berwick Rangers Reserves. Photograph: Grant Kinghorn

David Battle puts in a challenge for the ball in last weekend's league encounter against Berwick Rangers Reserves. Photograph: Grant Kinghorn

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SELKIRK have a new winning formula – but boss Mike McKinnon is refusing to reveal what it is.

His troops go into tomorrow’s Image Printers Cup quarter-final home tie with Spartans on the back of three victories.

The club’s 100 per cent record in November is in complete contrast to their October form, which saw the Souters lose all three games, conceding 16 goals in the process.

Their latest victory – a 3-2 win over First Division high-flyers Berwick Rangers Reserves – was arguably Selkirk’s most impressive of the season so far.

McKinnon, who will be without Jason Inglis and Euan Pritchard for the visit of Spartans, told The Wee Paper: “We set up in a formation against Berwick which has been working for us, but I am not going to give it away.

“It doesn’t get better than facing Spartans – they are a team you want to play.

“The boys will be so confident going into that game, thanks to our recent run.

“There is a good mix in the squad and they are enjoying their football again.

“Confidence is a key – once the morale is back you find you get the wee bits of luck, whereas when confidence is low, everything seems to go against you.”

Selkirk’s revival is in part down to the strike partnership Jonny Watt and Jamie Gibson, both of whom were on target at Berwick.

Watt, in particular, is a vastly improved player, and his bustling run and cross set up the opening goal on 25 minutes.

Gibson’s shot from Watt’s pass was blocked by Rangers keeper Grant Sandison, but the ball spun into the path of Michael Holness, who tapped home.

Josh Morris hit the post for Berwick two minutes later, before Watt converted a David Battle cross on the half-hour.

Berwick, who had pace in abundance, drew level after the break, though it was thanks in a large part to poor Selkirk defending.

Firstly, Battle lost the ball 30 yards out, allowing Kenny O’Brien to set up centre back Jonathon Fairbairn to cutely curl the ball beyond John Dodds 10 minutes into the second half.

And three minutes later, substitute Dean Carse burst through the middle of the Souters’ defence, and although his shot was saved by Dodds, the ball ricocheted into the path of Morris for the easiest of goals.

Despite losing the momentum, Selkirk showed plenty of heart to claim a winner with 21 minutes remaining.

Gibson also showed lots of strength and talent to shrug off Shaun Ford’s challenge and then deftly lob Sandison.

Asked if Selkirk can still gain promotion, McKinnon said: “Absolutely. We had a poor start, but we have now got some momentum with three wins on the bounce.”

Selkirk’s Image Printers Cup tie begins at 1.30pm tomorrow, while the Vics host Coldstream Amateurs in the BAL Division B, kick off 2pm.

Meanwhile, the under-19s squad will make their East of Scotland Youth League debut at home to Edinburgh City on Sunday, December 9.

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