Vics battered by first-half goal blitz from Streamers

Coldstream Amateurs 7

Selkirk Victoria 4

BAL DIVISION B

SELKIRK’S promotion hopes were dealt a blow on Saturday by a resurgent Coldstream, who have now won four games in a row.

The first half was played in terrible conditions.

Heavy snow fell before and during the game, which resulted in poor visibility and soft underfoot conditions, and this undoubtedly contributed to a flurry of goals in the first half an hour.The visitors started brightly and were 2-0 up after 10 minutes thanks to a quickfire double from Alistair Orr.

But Coldstream fought back straight away and a mixture of sloppy defending and clinical finishing saw the Vics concede five goals in the space of 20 minutes.

Captain Grant Brownlee got the visitors back into the game in 55 minutes with a neat finish at the back post from a Nathan Douglas free kick.

However, the Berwickshire outfit again responded strongly and two good finishes put the game out of sight at 7-3.

In the closing stages, Ryan Clapperton set up young Patrick Matheson who bagged his first Vics goal with a nice finish at the near post.

Selkirk have seven league games remaining and will need to improve if they are to remain in contention for promotion.

This weekend, however, they have no game.