Souters stay at the bottom

Heriot-Watt University 2

Selkirk 1

EoS PREMIER DIVISION

ALISTAIR MATHIESON reports

from Riccarton

THIS relegation struggle was keenly contested throughout and although both sides played some attractive football, in the end the home side had their French goalkeeper, Victor François, to thank for holding on to the three points.

The Students started well and went two goals up in the first 25 minutes. The first came from a free kick on the right, which Ricky Burke fired in at head-height. Ronnie Napier met the ball on the run at the near post and sent a glancing header in-off the far post.

Simon Ferrie was the creator of the second, catching a ball that seemed to be going dead and whipping over a half-volley cross which Gordon Wilson headed across John Dodds and into the corner of the net.

Most of the danger from Selkirk was coming from the endeavour of Des Sutherland and when the Watt defence got into a tangle, he ran on into the box, but François came quickly off his line to block.

Selkirk’s best move of the first half came in its last minute, Jay Wilson cutting in from the left and playing the ball inside for Sutherland to turn it back into the path of Ryan McManus, who struck the ball firmly from 10 metres, only to see François make a marvellous save, diving to his left to turn the ball round the post.

The home side started the second half on the front foot and forced several corners, but when Selkirk responded with a quick passing move that put Sutherland into the box, François thwarted the striker again.

With 68 minutes on the clock, Sutherland at last got the better of the gifted keeper, heading Wilson’s deep corner into the net to set up a tight finish.

François was well-placed to save another Sutherland effort, this time a left-foot drive from the edge of the area.

Then as Selkirk attacked on the right, Lee Stephen’s fine pass found Jamie Gibson, but his firm shot from the right corner of the penalty area was touched round the far post by François.

François made one final save, from a shot on the turn by Gibson, and the Students celebrated their first home win of a difficult season.

Selkirk: J. Dodds, L. Stephen, B. Milven (S Hardie 80), J. Inglis, E. Pritchard, J. Wilson, D. Sutherland, R. McManus, G. Gass (A Hardie 45), J. Gibson, P. Hossack.