The Souters could well have fared better had they had a little bit of luck.
Selkirk came near to scoring on the quarter-hour mark. On meeting a David Gardner free kick, Grant Lightfoot hit a shot that looked net-bound until Sean Owens’ goal-line clearance.
A minute later United took the lead via Ross Scott.
In the 41st minute Hawick went further ahead, youngster Robbie Kelly emerging their marksman by slotting away a cross at the far post before Grant Ferguson made it three with a minute of the first half remaining.
Victoria began the second half firing on all cylinders and Chris Silverstein was denied a goal by a one-handed save from home keeper John Paul Drysdale. United then had a let off when Silverstein thundered a free kick against the upright.
Selkirk continued to push forward and in the 53rd minute reduced the leeway when Lightfoot netted from the penalty spot.