Souters get cross about their defensive frailties

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It did not need the analytical skills of Gary Neville or Graeme Souness to work out what was wrong with Selkirk’s performance on Saturday.

While they looked dangerous in attack – having scored 19 goals in just seven Lowland League games – the Souters’ defensive woes continue, with three goals conceded in the first half against Cumbernauld Colts sealing a third defeat in a row.

Selkirk have lost 14 goals in those three games, and boss Stevie Forrest knows his side will begin to slide down the table if he does not solve the problem.

The Colts went in 3-0 up at half-time thanks to two close-range goals from Andrew Selkirk and a header from James Barclay, all of which came about due to the homesters being unable to clear cross balls.

A fired-up Selkirk had Colts under pressure immediately after the break, as Garry O’Connor scored one and should have had another, only to fire wide.

Ross Gray had an appeal for a penalty waved away before Florlan Moulet made it 3-2.

But more woeful Selkirk defending saw Jamie Broadfoot fire Cumbernauld into a 4-2 lead.

And it was 5-2 on 69 minutes, in a bizarre set of circumstances. Referee Evan Cairns gave a penalty for a foul on Alex Tilley by Kayde Reynolds, and Andrew Selkirk stepped up to complete his hat-trick.

While his effort struck the crossbar, the striker reacted first to head the ball goalwards again, only for home left back Murray Christie to handball on the line.

Christie was sent off, and Michael Oliver took over penalty duties to score, although the goal should have been disallowed, with Andrew Selkirk first to touch the ball after his penalty struck the woodwork.

Jack Hay looked lively throughout his appearance off the bench and scored a late goal for Selkirk.

The Yarrow Park men have a free week this Saturday – which will please Selkirk manager Forrest.

He said: “I thought we should have had a penalty, and even the Cumbernauld players said the spot kick they got was soft.

“I am glad we have a week off this Saturday as it gives us a chance to work on our problem with cross balls.”