Souters boss happy with improvement despite loss


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As far as Selkirk boss Steve Forrest was concerned, there was not a lot of negatives to consider following their Lowland League loss to Vale of Leithen on Saturday, writes Kevin Janiak.

On the contrary, he said it was all a sign that his side was continuing to improve. 
He told The Southern: “I have nothing to be disappointed with.

“We made two individual mistakes and they had one brilliant free kick, and that’s generally all it was.

“I feel we kept the ball better, we passed the ball better, we kept our shape better, and we took our goal incredibly well.

Vale opened the scoring after 15 minutes as Selkirk defender Barry Milven’s mistake allowed Vale striker Scott Gormley through to slam the ball past keeper Gregor Amos.

But Phil Addison soon levelled for the Souters, collecting the ball in the box, finding room and giving it a fine skelp into the top left corner of the net.

Selkirk enjoyed a good run of form, until Vale slapped their face with two goals in the last five minutes of the half, one from John Ferguson, who thumped home Gormley’s cross, and the other from Gormley himself with a beast of a free kick, after Vale’s Keith Lough was fouled on the edge of the box by Daryl Johnson.

Vale took the foot off the gas in the second half, but Selkirk were visibly too shocked to make the most of it and there was no further scoring.

Vale manager Chic McAleavy was just relieved to get all three points.

He told us: “We didn’t play that well in the first half and I told the players that at half-time.

“But the important thing is that we scored three goals, and if you can do that when you are not playing well, it’s not a bad thing.”

To watch post-match interviews, see the video on our website.