Even after losing six, we knew victory would come

Hat-trick king Phil Addison heads Selkirk into a 2-1 lead. They were to score five more without reply (picture by Grant Kinghorn)
Hat-trick king Phil Addison heads Selkirk into a 2-1 lead. They were to score five more without reply (picture by Grant Kinghorn)
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They had to swallow six successive league defeats, but Selkirk’s coach said he’d seen glimmers of winning form amid the results wreckage.

A sequence of scorelines like that may have been humiliating for many bosses, but Gary O’Connor said he felt no pressure and was sure that a winning display was on its way.

And it arrived with a resounding roar at Yarrow Park last Saturday, as Selkirk collected their first points of the season with a 7-1 destruction of Borders neighbours Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Danny Simpson had put Gala FR ahead in under 10 minutes – but that was pretty much the only chance the visitors got on a day when Selkirk decided it was time the limelight belonged to them.

Two goals from Phil Addision gave them a 2-1 lead the break – and they scored five more as they “commanded” the game, through Ross King, Gary Nicholson, Ricky Miller and Jay Doyle, while Addison completed his hat-trick.

“It’s been coming for weeks,” said O’Connor. “The boys have been showing great desire and I knew it wouldn’t be too long.”

To win a derby game 7-1 was “absolutely fantastic”, he added, but the players deserved great credit for their hard work in training and on match days in recent weeks.

Some performances lately had merited a win and the players had reached a level they now had to try and match.

O’Connor said he’d kept belief in himself and his players.

“I know what’s in that dressing room and I knew they could pull it out of the bag,” he said.

“But it’s only three points. It’s the start of our season and something to build on.”

The side was more settled and confident about Saturday’s visit to Dalbeattie Star.

O’Connor revealed he hoped to make some new signings by the weekend.

As a coach, he said he knew what he wanted to do within the philosophy of the club.

“I like young, committed boys who are going to work for the cause,” he added.

“I am always looking to add to the squad, but it has to be the right fit for us as a club.”