‘Players need to start delivering’

SELKIRK were left battered, bemused and bewildered following their 8-0 defeat at the hands of Stirling University on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

The Yarrow Park outfit have since had time to lick their wounds and this weekend bid to emerge from the doldrums in taking on Leith Athletic in a Premier Division clash at home.

Talking ahead of the basement battle, Selkirk manager Mike McKinnon told TheSouthern: “Losing to Stirling in the way we did is hard to take. We were terrible and the players were told this. These guys are going to have to start delivering or they will get replaced. Nobody is taking responsibility on the park. It’s the same every week and this comes back to haunt us.

“There comes a time when enough is enough and that time has arrived. We are going to have to improve big time. I am the manager and the buck stops with me, but I will get it right and this side can do it for me ... if they can show that they can play under pressure.”

Looking ahead, McKinnon added: “I will be making positional changes for the Leith match. It’s a must win game for us and I will be looking for a big reaction from last Saturday.”

Also in the top flight, Vale of Leithen tangle with Edinburgh City at Victoria Park.

In the First Division scene, Peebles Rovers travel to Prestonpans for a meeting with Preston Athletic.

Rovers team boss Stuart Robertson said: “Although not getting a win, we have played well in our last two games against Gala Fairydean and Eyemouth United. I was happy to get a draw with Eyemouth away from home, but it was a game we should have won and we were very unlucky not to get the three points. We will be looking for better luck against Preston.

“They lost to Easthouses Lily in their last game which was a bit of a surprise and their manager Stevie Myatt will have them fired up to meet us, but I think we can get something out of the game.”

Goalkeeper John Nisbet and Jason Girdwood both return to the Peebles squad, while Ronald Fleming is out through suspension.

Gala Fairydean entertain Heriot-Watt University at Netherdale. Coached by former Hibs stars Michael Renwick and Micky Weir, the students are in second-top position and are a well-organised footballing side. Fairydean are flying high at the moment themselves and will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record on their new pitch.

Hawick Royal Albert have Graeme Clee back from a one-match ban for their home tussle with Easthouses Lily, but Paul Power remains suspended, while Kelso United entertain Eyemouth United at Woodside Park.