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Selkirk v Lothian Thistle . James Gibson.
Selkirk v Lothian Thistle . James Gibson.

A LONG-awaited league victory came Selkirk FC’s way last week when they overcame Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 3-1 at Yarrow Park.

As the age-old adage goes, “one swallow doesn’t make a summer”, but as far as the club is concerned there is certainly a chink of sunlight glinting through clouds.

Selkirk manager Mike McKinnon said earlier this week: “We are still in a bad league position and it’s a tricky situation, but the players have received a big boost from getting a win last weekend and will be looking to get another three points on Saturday.”

The Souters continue their battle to remain in the Premier Division tomorrow when taking on Tynecastle at Fernieside Park.

Last weekend, Selkirk started well with 16-year-old Bruce Connelly making his first-team debut between the sticks in place of a sick John Dodds.

The homesters took the lead early on with a strike by Jamie Gibson in the fifth minute – his 21st of the season – following a great pass from Daryl Burdett .

The Souters were lucky to escape five minutes later when Lothian Thistle missed a penalty, however, they did level midway through the half via a header from a corner kick.

But Selkirk continued to look the more dangerous side and went further ahead minutes after the resumption with a headed own goal from Lothian following a Daryl Burdett corner.

Keeper Connelly produced a string of superb saves before substitute Jonny Watt scored a third for Selkirk in the 76th minute.

The hosts finished the stronger side and got the win they have deserved.

Selkirk vice-chairman Ross Anderson commented afterwards: “The lads were fantastic. They finally got that bit of luck today that they have lacked all season, and we fully deserved the win.

“I must single out Bruce Connelly – he was fantastic. To come in for Big John at short notice and play like that was brilliant.

“He is a very nice young lad with a big future at the club. He fully deserved his man-of-the-match award.”

Looking ahead, Selkirk have now confirmed their pre-season fixture against Celtic. The game will be played on Saturday, August 4, at Yarrow Park with a 2.30pm kick-off.

z The date for Selkirk Junior Football Club’s AGM has been set for next Thursday at 7pm in the Yarrow Park clubrooms.

The following positions are required to be filled to form a committee – chairperson, vice-chairperson/website co-ordinator, general/minutes secretary (to liaise with the head coach on coach education), treasurer, membership registration secretary (to liaise with the treasurer), head coach, fundraiser, child protection officer/PVG officer, volunteer.