EYEMOUTH UNITED 3, GALA FAIRYDEAN 5: Eyemouth slipped to a 5-3 home defeat against Gala Fairydean which had manager Carl Hudson scratching his head.
“We are scoring goals, and we have the firepower up top,” he said, “but we can’t deny the fact that we are shipping a lot of goals at the moment.
“If you score three at home you expect to win, so from that point of view it was disappointing.”
With several players sidelined through injury Hudson was forced to use three trialists, one of whom started the game, the other two were on the bench.
Stevie Shennan almost gave Eyemouth the lead early on with a spectacular overhead kick, but unfortunately the ball hit the post and bounced back.
Alan Spiers gave United the lead with a header when the Gala goalkeeper failed to collect a cross.
It looked like it was going to be the only goal of the half, but then, right on the stroke of half-time, they conceded, and the teams turned around on level terms.
Gala then upped the pace in the second half and two goals put them in the driving seat at 3-1.
The ever=-reliable Shennan pulled one back to make it 3-2, but almost immediately Fairydean went up the field and scored again.
They then added a fifth as the home defence again showed their frailties.
There was then a further set-back for Eyemouth when Jess was sent off with ten minutes remaining, shown a straight red card for a tackle.
Down to ten men they continued to push up front and they were rewarded with a third goal from substitute Jamie Logie with just five minutes left on the clock.
They continued to play to the bitter end, but Gala had already done more than enough to take all three match points for the victory.
After the game Hudson said: “For us it’s all about just trying to see it through to the end of the season now.
“We have done a lot better than we expected at the start of the season, and there is still a chance of a strong finish.
“We were up there challenging for a while, but we always knew it was going to be difficult to maintain that sort of form and over the past month or so we have tailed off, mainly through the injuries we have been carrying. We still have two of the top sides to play in the run-in and we could still have a part to play in deciding where the title goes.”
Eyemouth: Tansey, Sherry, Brown, Spiers, Walker, Windram, Ireland, Bolton, Jess, Shennan, Locke.