Spartans in eleventh heaven as Selkirk just can’t compete

Selkirk's Barry Milven attempts to stop Spartans'  Alan Brown in his tracks
Selkirk's Barry Milven attempts to stop Spartans' Alan Brown in his tracks
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UNFORTUNATELY for the Souters, the scoreline above is no typographical error.

The two sides met at Ainslie Park in a Lowland League slaughter that ensured Spartans finish the year on top of the tree, while Selkirk remain firmly rooted at the bottom.

It was a mixture of desperate defending and sheer luck that the visitors did not lose a goal until the 14th minute, Alan Brown setting up Keith McLeod for his first of three strikes.

Three minutes later, former Gala Fairydean player Chris Anderson forced a great save out of Selkirk keeper Gregor Amos, but John Grant headed home the resultant corner.

McLeod made it three 90 seconds later as Jack Beesley sent in a peach of a cross from the right, before the former Kelso United man produced a cracker of a goal himself.

Willie Bremner notched a beauty in the 37th minute, and with the visitors keen to hear the referee’s whistle to bring the half to a close, McLeod grabbed his hat-trick.

There was no let-up in the second half.

Sub Sean Mushin notched number seven before Spartans’ Danny O’Donnell felt a bit sorry for Selkirk and stabbed Phil Addison’s cross into his own net.

Jack Beacher came on the park and scored straight away, hitting the correct target, before setting up Robbie Ross for the ninth.

Addison scored Selkirk’s second by chipping keeper Scott Bennett, before Bremner and then Beesley completed the Borderers’ hellish afternoon in the city.