SELKIRK may have lost all hope of gaining promotion this season – but this weekend’s clash against Jed-Forest could still have an effect on the final league outcome, writes Fiona Scott.
And, with their RBS National Cup quarter-final clash against Melrose looming on the horizon, coach Brian Cassidy is keen to keep his team fired up.
He told The Wee Paper: “The minute our players pull on a Selkirk jersey I expect them to go out and give it their all, no matter what the situation in the league is. We have a couple of players returning this week, but are still carrying a few niggling injuries.
“What we have to do now is keep the incentive going, but also make sure we look after the players so that we can go into our cup tie with a fit team. It’s not easy, but hopefully in the next couple of games we can sort it out.”
It certainly won’t be easy tomorrow. Jed are staring relegation in the face and have to start racking up points if they are to survive in the National League.
Cassidy added: “We feel sorry for Jed, of course. We don’t want to see any other Border teams go down, but any one of us could be in that position and we really have to concentrate on our own efforts. Whatever the situation we always get a good game from Jed and everyone is looking forward to going to Riverside on Saturday.”
Talking about last weekend’s 22-21 defeat at Hamilton (see report on page 19), Cassidy commended the players who stepped up to cover for absentees, saying they had played well and that, all in all, it had been a fair effort.