The latest instalment of this year's Lowland League campaign saw the Colts visit the town of Selkirk only to find that a combination of failing to take their chances and some weak refereeing decisions put paid to any hopes of getting their season back on track.
Managers McKinlay and Orr rang the changes after the previous disappointment against Spartans and this saw the average age of the team reduce to under 21 with experienced senior players Pascazio and Murray failing to make the starting line-up.
The game started brightly and it was the Colts who were first to show intent when Nash had a shot from distance after latching onto a knock down from Brown, the Selkirk keeper gathering safely.
The game proved to be a bit 'frantic' at times with both sides looking to take the ascendancy but it wasn't long before Brown decided to get in on the action when he had a shot from distance which forced the home keeper into making a first class save. Brown was once again in the heat of the action when he rose twice to get his head on a couple of crosses, first from Wilson and then from Holmes, but saw both efforts go narrowly wide.
The first half drew to a close with Selkirk being awarded a controversial free kick on the edge of the Colts, box which saw Kerr receiving a yellow card for something only the ref appeared to see. The free kick came to nothing however and the whistle was blown for the end of the first half.
Selkirk started the second half with some urgency and were unlucky not to take the lead after a couple of early chances which saw Colts, keeper Fallens being called into action.
Colts failed to heed the warnings and on the 56th minute Selkirk went ahead when their number 10, Ciaren Chalmers, headed into the net when the ball fell somewhat kindly to him after an earlier shot had rebounded off the post.
The situation was compounded 5 minutes later when Brown received his marching orders after receiving his second yellow for kicking the ball away. The away support were left bemused by the decision however as it appeared that the striker was simply clearing his lines when he kicked the ball out of play. Manager Orr questioned the decision with the match official but he too was ordered into the stands for his remonstrations.
The decision seemed to galvanise the 10 men Colts with Lewis Wilson in particular taking on greater responsibility with a couple of surging runs into the home penalty box, his cutbacks failing to find any takers however.
Try as they might, the Colts failed to breach the home defence for the remainder of the game despite dominating possession and the second half ended with the score remaining 1-0 to Selkirk who were relieved to take all 3 points against what they described as a very spirited Colts side.
Three league losses on the bounce now for the Colts with another tough tie to come at Broadwood against Gretna 2008 on Saturday. The spirit shown by the 10 men who finished Saturday's game bodes well however and if they carry this into the Gretna game they have nothing to fear.