Souters say improvements will be made post-season

Phil Addison on the ball
Phil Addison on the ball

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A season to forget at Yarrow Park was confirmed by Selkirk’s latest loss which consigned them to bottom of the Lowland League.

A five-goal onslaught by Whitehill Welfare meant Stevie Forrest’s men will remain basement boys at the end of the season, although the hosts improved after the break to win the second half 2-1.

Forrest said: “We were much, much better in the second half. We changed the formation and went to a back four instead of three.

“It could have been 6-6 with the number of chances we created, but we couldn’t recover from a poor first half.

“We have two games left, but the real work will begin after the season is over.

“We are working behind the scenes and a lot of players will be coming into the club.”

Selkirk were woeful defensively in the first half against Welfare, who are chasing second place in the league.

The Rosewell club were 2-0 up after only 12 minutes as Wayne McIntosh bagged another double to take his tally to 32 for the season.

The striker cut inside the Selkirk defence far too easily and beat Gregor Amos in the 10th minute, before a harsh looking penalty was awarded against the hosts two minutes later as Julio Tonelle was adjudged to have handled McIntosh’s cross. The forward stepped forward to score again from the spot.

It was 3-0 after only 23 minutes as Wayne Sproule’s low shot from 16 yards found the net, but Phil Addison pulled one back four minutes later when he lobbed Whitehill stopper Bryan Young.

Addison almost pushed Selkirk right back in the game, only for Young to make an outstanding fingertip save, much like the one he made a week before against Vale of Leithen.

But in the minutes before half-time, Danny Noon killed off the game with a simple header from a Sproule cross and then a tap-in after good work by McIntosh.

Selkirk looked far sturdier in the second half thanks to the formation change, albeit it was too late.

Young saved Tonelle’s free kick and then denied Yanis Lamghari with another great save from a 20-yard shot.

At the other end, Mickey Lawson’s men made it six as Noon bagged a hat-trick by heading in strike partner McIntosh’s cross in the 72nd minute.

Tonelle’s fierce shot made it 6-2 just two minutes later, and substitute Mate Meszaros scrambled in a third with seven minutes remaining.