Hawick Royal Albert 0-10 Selkirk

David Knox at Albert Park

Selkirk soared to the top of the Lowland League on Wednesday evening with a ten goal demolition of Hawick Royal Albert.

Ian Fergus’ improving team followed up their impressive opening day victory over Whitehill Welfare with another eye-catching performance.

Selkirk assistant boss David Bingham told us: “We made a great start and played well early on but we fell out of the game for a while and that is something we need to look at.

“It is nit-picking when you win ten nil but if we want to do well this season we need to sort out where we go wrong in games.

“Some of our finishing was sublime tonight and the boys deserve credit for the way they opened Hawick up at times.”

Following Hawick’s disastrous start on Saturday at Spartans manager Kenny Aitchison was hoping for better against the near neighbours.

But just 16 seconds into the match Sean Muhsin caused more agony for the home dug out with a sweetly struck opener from the edge of the area.

Sean McKirdy drove home the second only seven minutes later after running onto Reece Donaldson’s cross.

Albert keeper Adam McNamara made a couple of decent saves to prevent both David Banjo and Daryl Healy adding to the score inside the opening quarter hour.

Hawick’s players continued to battle and, for a brief ten minutes or so, forced a few mistakes from the normally slick Selkirk team.

But normal service was restored on the half hour as Hopkinson drilled home a rebounded ball after McNamara had tipped his original header onto the post.

Phil Addison made it 4-0 after running onto McKirdy’s pass.

McNamara made an astonishing save to deny Healy moments later and Banjo should have done better than head Ryan Sclater’s cross over from eight yards out.

Selkirk stretched their advantage to five just three minutes into the second half as Ciaran Chalmers steered McKirdy’s cross into the path of Addison for a tap in.

Goal of the night arrived on the hour with McKirdy and Addison linking up from within their own half to allow Hopkinson to drill home his second from the edge of the area.

Substitute Gary Nicholson scored a quick-fire brace to make it 9-0 despite McKirdy being withdrawn and leaving only ten Selkirk players.

Fellow substitute Ross King completed the demolition in the 89th minute with a strike from close range.

Hawick RA. A McNamara, C Muttit, L Knox, D Burns, M Dampha, D Hogg, C Cairns (G Summers 60), A Simpson, C Rose, C O’Brien & D Thomson (M Johnson 22).

Selkirk. G Amos, R Sclater, R Donaldson, A Fleming, R Miller, S Muhsin, D Healy (G Nicholson 56), J Hopkinson (R King 60), P Addison, D Banjo (C Chalmers 46) & S McKirdy.