Now that at least another season in the Lowland League is assured, Selkirk FC want to finish the campaign as high up the table as they can.
Three league games remain and coach Ian Fergus is concentrating on getting the most from them, before turning his attention to the pre-season and continuing to build a side for 2017-18.
It looked as if the Souters had three points in the bag last Saturday as they scored a very early goal in the spring sunshine against Gretna 2008 – having started the game with ony 12 players.
However, the Raydale hosts grabbed a late equaliser to cancel out Phil Addison’s opener and ensure the honours were halved at 1-1.
Fergus reckoned a draw was probably a fair result.
“We were just a bit aggrieved that they scored with only five minutes left, but it was a very big ask to hold out with next to no substitutes, in that heat, on a big park,” he said. “We have to be fairly pleased but I think we might have taken the three points if we’d had a full squad.
“We’d started off brightly then we faded a wee bit and they came into the game. We were 1-0 up but struggling for numbers.
“The second half was much the same – they slightly had the edge on us in the midfield and we huffed and puffed a bit.”
Addison saw a superb chance disappear as his effort hit the post, while Gretna’s equaliser came after they won a controversial throw-in.
Fergus said he was looking forward to getting back to Yarrow Park tomorrow (Saturday) – no games had taken place there for about four weeks, so the surface was looking good.
Whitehill Welfare are the visitors and Fergus said: “It will be a good day. Davie Bingham is a personal friend of mine – we coached together, and he always puts out good teams.
“They are looking for a top six finish and will be very difficult opposition, so it will be an interesting game. We will be as prepared as we can. We’ll be going in it to win it and just looking for the best from our players.”
Fergus was especially complimentary about the performances at Gretna of goalkeeper Gregor Amos and Ricky Miller – “they’ve been stalwarts since I came in” – and goalscorer Phil Addison.
“Amos was excellent, Miller was excellent too, and Addison will always give you something that other teams have not got,” said Fergus. “I hope they are big players for me again tomorrow.”
Fergus has signed a number of players for next term and Selkirk know they are mathematically safe, with Preston Athletic now relegated. But there is still a lot to focus on this season.
“We will be a decent side with a proper pre-season and a bit of planning, but every team will be strengthening,” he said. “They’ll be spending money and doing whatever they need to to do, because it’s a difficult league to stay in. But, forgetting about ‘safety’, we want to do as well as we can points-wise and finish as highly as we can. Then we’ll rebuild and worry about next season as it comes.”