To say Saturday was a bad day for Selkirk is an understatement on a par with claiming Rab C Nesbitt likes a tipple.
The Yarrow Park club lost their ninth Lowland League game in a row and had three players injured, but it was the loss of manager Mike McKinnon that capped off a miserable afternoon. At full-time, the former Cowdenbeath striker confirmed he would be resigning from his position, after almost two years at the helm.
Likeable off the pitch, McKinnon was always a fiery presence when in the dugout, and Saturday was perhaps the best example of that. Match officials, his own team, Gretna players and coaches and even a medical bag were on the receiving end of his frustration.
His cause was not helped by the early loss of defender Chris McLeod, who was substituted after a cut above his eye failed to stop bleeding.
Substitute David Battle made a vital challenge to deny Sam Atkinson from an Adam McMath cross, before Joe Slattery headed over for the visitors. Selkirk looked fairly comfortable against their much-fancied opponents, only to shoot themselves in the foot as they have done so often this season.
In fact, it was the right foot of Barry Milven which proved Selkirk’s undoing, as he sliced Atkinson’s curling free kick into the top corner after half an hour.
Six minutes later, Atkinson produced another superb free kick delivery which Adam Main rose unchallenged to head home.
Selkirk looked not only a beaten team in the second half, but one that had lost its heart.
It was too easy for Main when he fired a shot high into the net from 10 yards out on 64 minutes, and eight minutes later McMath’s header was deemed to have crossed the goalline, despite an outstanding effort by Gregor Amos to tip the ball onto the post.
By this time, Jacob Crolla had left the pitch clutching his hamstring, and Callum Peoples was soon to follow him onto the injury list. An altercation seconds earlier between the Selkirk striker and Atkinson resulted in the latter putting in a late challenge on Peoples.
McKinnon was enraged that Atkinson was only yellow carded as Peoples left the pitch on a stretcher clutching his knee.
Selkirk: G. Amos, L. Stephen, C. McLeod (D. Battle), B. Milven, D. Johnston, R. McManus, C. Scott, J. Watt, C. Peoples (K. Barr), J. Crolla (F. Anderson), P. Addison.