Preston deservedly secured full points thanks to a second half strike by Jordi Belope. However Selkirk started the brighter at a very windy Yarrow Park and Phil Addison forced a good save from Chris Flockhart, Addison then put the Souters ahead on 25 minutes latching onto a long cross field pass to round Flockhart and score. The lead lasted only a few minutes as Gary Nicholson’ s corner was spectacularly volleyed into the roof of the net by Ross Cowan.
The second period produced end to end entertainment with Jordi stabbing home on 60 minutes from close range, found by a David Porcher free kick. Both sides could have added to the scoreline, in particular Selkirk keeper Jamie Newman did really well to deny Belope, Nicholson and then Aaran Currie all from close range as the Preston attackers continued to beat the offside trap. Selkirk’s Jack Hay almost levelled in the final minute but shot straight at Flockhart. The win was Preston’s first since October as new manager Craig Nisbet reshapes the Pennypit side.
Selkirk; Newman, Samson, Christie, King, Ritchie, McDiarmid(McLeod), Collin(Handren), Robertson, Butler(Hay), Addison, McKenzie. Subs; Scott, Reynolds, Downie
Preston Athletic; Flockhart, Noble, Cochrane, Wilson, Cowan, Park, Porcher, Scott(Innes), Belope, McLoughlin(Currie), Nicholson. Subs; Pennycuick
Referee: Alan Hogg