Forrest wants a stronger side

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Selkirk’s lightweight squad has been ordered to bulk up for the remainder of the season by manager Steve Forrest, writes Kenny Paterson.

The Souters are being sent to the gym to enable them to compete in the Lowland League, but they put up a good fight against third-placed East Kilbride before succumbing to a late goal.

Forrest said: “We have been out-muscled in too many games and a lot of teams have been too strong for us. Hopefully, these sessions will mean we can compete better. It is probably too late for this season, but it will have a positive impact for the start of next season.”

Selkirk put in an improved showing with new players Hamish Law, Paul Tansey and Dean Cummings – brother of Hibs striker Jason – all useful attacking recruits.

But East Kilbride have a formidable striker of their own in Joao Victoria and it was soon obvious why the Portuguese frontman is the league’s best player and top scorer.

Liam Gormley opened the scoring on 24 minutes with a superb curling finish past Jamie Newman.

Then Law fired just over from a Connor Scott cross before Phil Addison’s overhead kick was saved by Kilby’s Craig Gordon.

The homesters drew level 13 minutes into the second half, Jordan Finnie blasting the ball in.

But eight minutes from the end, EK sub Harry Mitchell produced a composed strike to win the game.

“We did not give enough protection to our defence,” said Forrest.