Hawick United 3 Selkirk Victoria 1
BAL DIVISION B
UP until their recent triumph over Biggar, Selkirk Victoria had failed to record a win throughout the entire season and times have indeed been hard for the Yarrow Park outfit.
The Vics have however, soldiered on regardless and in this encounter at a windswept Wilton Lodge Park, had they gotten a bit of a rub of the green the Souters could well have gained another result.
It was not to be though but in their last two outings Victoria have discovered there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The opening period of the game brought about few goalmouth incidents.
Selkirk however came near to scoring on the quarter hour mark.
On meeting a David Gardner free kick, Grant Lightfoot hit in a shot that looked net bound until Sean Owens came to United’s rescue with a goal line clearance.
A minute later United took the lead when Ross Scott polished off an attack with a lobbed shot over the head of Selkirk keeper Jay Sharkey.
The Vics came battling back and Derek Spark was just off target with a header from a Gardner free kick.
In the 41st minute United went further ahead. Youngster Robbie Kelly emerging their marksman in slotting away a cross ball at the far post.
With a minute of the first half remaining United struck again.
Dale Whillans put Grant Ferguson in the clear with a spot on pass and the United striker took his chance well in tucking a shot into the corner of the net.
Victoria began the second half firing on all cylinders and Chris Silverstein was denied a goal by a one handed save by home keeper John Paul Drysdale.
United then had a let off when Silverstein thundered a free kick against the upright.
Selkirk continued to push forward and in the 53rd minute reduced the leeway.
United’s Michael Moir handled a Lightfoot free kick in the box and Ancrum referee Alan Marshall pointed to the spot.
Lightfoot took the penalty which he dispatched home with great precision.
From here on the Vics strove hard for further goals but try as they might they could not find the net again.