Vics edge past Bowholm as promotion push intensifies

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BAL DIVISION C

TABLE-toppers Selkirk Victoria maintained their unbeaten run with a hard-fought victory over Bowholm last weekend, but team coaches are warning against complacency as the challenge for the title heats up. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s outing against mid-table Lauder (Yarrow Park 2.30pm) Vics skipper Ryan Pritchard told The Wee Paper: “We had to battle hard for the three points at Canonbie. It was only our second game in three months and it was a very rusty performance.

“We may still be top of the league and unbeaten this season, but Lauder will be a tough test for us. There are only a few teams still in the running for promotion and Lauder are one of them.

“We have won all our home games this season, though, and with a near full-strength squad, hopefully we will pick up three points.”

Despite heavy rainfall all week, the pitch was in great condition and Selkirk dominated the early stages. The only goal of the game came after 10 minutes when Darren Munro smashed home his 16th goal of the season following a mix-up in the home defence. Despite a number of corners and free kicks in good positions, the visitors failed to increase their lead before half-time.

The second half followed the same pattern and stand in keeper Ranald Wilkie had a quiet afternoon for the Vics.

Pritchard came close to adding a second but his header was saved brilliantly by the Bowholm goalie.

Wasteful finishing in the closing stages stopped Selkirk from increasing the lead.

Selkirk Victoria: Ranald Wilkie, Mark Lowrie, Grant Brownlee, Ryan Pritchard, William Mercer, David Paterson, Graham Ford, Garry McShane, Ryan Clapperton, Darren Munro, Scott MacFarlane. Subs: Ray Price, Frazer McDougall, John Bodicoat, Nathan Douglas and Ian Clarke.