Souters put through the wringer at Netherdale

Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala's Stuart Noble tackled by Sean Guiney.
Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala's Stuart Noble tackled by Sean Guiney.

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Selkirk boss Stevie Forrest has bemoaned the lack of training facilities for his side over the festive break as the Souters succumbed to another derby defeat.

The visiting side were off the pace as Stuart Noble bagged a double in a 3-1 Lowland League Cup group win for Gala Fairydean Rovers, their third in a row over the Yarrow Park men.

Forrest, who is still looking to add to his squad, told TheSouthern: “We have struggled to find facilities over the holiday as we normally train at high schools and indoor pitches.

“We don’t yet have the wonderful facilities that Gala have and it has been difficult for us to work on our fitness.”

Recruiting players also seems to be an ongoing problem for the Selkirk club.

“I am always looking to add new players, but the budget was spent before I got here,” added Forrest.

“Clubs are looking for £200 or £300 for a player, and it has almost got to the stage where we are swapping our washing machine for a player.”

If the Selkirk washing machine is to be swapped for a new recruit, they maybe wish to play at Netherdale’s artificial surface more often, until they remember they have lost all three games at the venue this season, conceding 14 goals.

To credit the visitors, they were organised and stuffy during the first half, until two strikes deflated them.

After Gregor Amos made two outstanding saves to deny Callum Jardine and Jason Inglis, the Selkirk stopper was finally beaten by a turn and shot on 42 minutes by Stuart Noble, followed by the striker slamming the ball into the corner of the net seconds before half-time.

The in-form forward then produced a fine cross on 74 minutes to set up substitute Jamie Gibson to volley home.

Gibson then missed an open goal from eight yards after rounding Amos, before a foul by Danny Bonnar on Phil Addison saw the latter pull a goal back for Selkirk from the penalty spot with five minutes left.

Gala manager Steven Noble believes his squad is now capable of winning a cup competition.

“We have six points from six in the group, so it is up to the other sides to catch us,” he said.

“Players like Callum Jardine, Allan Nicol and Dean McColm have come up from the Amateur League and now look confident at this level.”