Referee makes Watt see red

EOS FIRST DIVISION

FRUSTRATION marred what was otherwise a good East of Scotland First Division game at Home Park last Saturday.

It wasn’t until near the end, however, with Selkirk trailing 2-0, that frustration turned into disaster for the Souters.

The referee, who did not have the best afternoon, booked Jonny Watt for diving, although both sides bore witness to the fact that he had stumbled and fell. To make matters worse, the man in the middle blew for time with the stopwatch showing 43 minutes, much to the disbelief of the Selkirk management. It was Watt, though, who voiced his opinions loudest, earning himself a red card in the process.

With almost every forward surge being followed by a whistle for offside, both teams grew increasingly agitated, which spoiled some fantastic, flowing moves.

Midway through the half, Kieran Ainslie hit the bar with a header and visiting keeper John Dodds did brilliantly to paw away the ball which looked destined for the net.

It looked as if it would take something special to open the scoring and it did – Coldstream’s Lee Lambert hit a curling effort into the top corner.

Selkirk remained dangerous as their intricate, passing play took them close to an equaliser, with Inglis again just off target.

The teams reappeared for the second half knowing the next goal would be crucial. For the hosts Jonathan Simpson struck the upright before Selkirk had two good opportunities to get on the scoresheet, only for Mark Walters to deny them. Lambert again found the net to double the lead.

Watt received his first booking before Aaron Punton headed home to seal the points and keep Coldstream top.

Selkirk: J. Dodds, K. Munro, B. Milven, J. Higginbottom, L. Pyrkosz, L. Steven, J. Aitken, J. Inglis, D. Battle, M. Holness, J. Watt. Subs: R. McManus, R. Pepper, B. Connelly, B. Tait, J. Adamson, E. Pritchard, A. Butters.