Alan Brown rescues a point for Spartans

Alan Brown. Picture: Julie Bull
Alan Brown. Picture: Julie Bull
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Spartans were made to rue some missed gilt-edged chances and settle for a share of the points against a battling Selkirk side who had not won since November.

It was another frustrating 90 minutes for the Ainslie Park outfit and manager Dougie Samuel said: “That game probably summed up our league campaign in that we missed lots of opportunities, gifted the opposition a goal from a set piece and had to work really hard to take something from the game.”

The warning signs came early on for Spartans when Selkirk’s Ouzy See’s header from a Paul Tansey cross rebounded from the upright with goalkeeper Kevin Swain beaten.

Garry O’Connor then fired a 20-yard free kick which was held comfortably by Swain. At the other end, Jamie Newman produced a one-handed save to deny Keith McLeod who then scooped a Kevin Motion free-kick over the Selkirk crossbar from four yards.

Spartans came out with purpose in the second half and should have gone ahead when Alan Brown picked out McLeod who contrived to hit the ball high over the bar from only two yards. Spartans were made to pay in the 58th minute when Jon McInally’s corner was flicked on by Addison to See who forced the ball over the line from close range despite the best efforts of Swain.

The visitors did, however, salvage a point when Selkirk failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Brown who fired it home from ten yards. Spartans sought a late winner and John Grant had a shot which went over before a trialist hit the post and Motion fired a 20-yard shot inches wide of the target.

Selkirk: Newman, Trialist, Addison, Battle, Guiney, O’Connor, Scott, Johnson, See, McInally, Tansey (Law 78). Subs: Handren, Finnie, Laing, Ward.

Spartans: Swain, Brown, Malone, Sivewright, MacKinnon, Cennerazzo, Stevenson (Trialist 66), Grant, Sludden (Beacher 66), McLeod, Motion. Subs: Mair, Trialist.