We were never in danger of losing this one,
if anything, we maybe should have taken all three points home with us- but
a draw was fair. Paul Smith switched to a 3-5-2 formation with Mark Duthie
and Grant McMartin playing as wing-backs with Anthony, Neil and Smith in
The crowd assembled inside Stair Park was
pretty poor. The official attendance was 417, but a rough head count
revealed that only a shocking 270 bothered to turn up. Where Stranraer FC
got the other 150 from is a mystery. About 30 from Berwick made the long
Berwick started well and took the game to
the home side. We took an early lead through Mark Duthie. The little
winger cut in from the left, and unleashed a magnificent curling shot from
30 yards which flew straight into the top corner.
Craig Findlay nearly doubled the
advantage with a great volley from 20 yards which the 'keeper brilliantly
turned round the post- however the ref gave a goal kick.
Stranraer came back into the game and
Alan Jenkins really should have leveled. A tame effort was fumbled by Mark
McLean and Jenkins was first to react to the loose ball- fortunately he
could only fire the ball straight at McLean.
At the beginning of the second half we
should have had the game done and dusted. Firstly, Barry Elliot hit a shot
straight at the Stranraer keeper after being one-on-one and moments later
Marc Anthony was denied by a great save.
The home side got their equaliser on 58
minutes. A corner from the right was met by the unchallenged Jenkins who
made no mistake from 5 yards.
We got to see Kevin Walton in a Berwick
shirt for the first time in nearly three years when he came on as a sub a
few minutes from time.
Berwick pushed for a winner in the dying
moments but the resolute home defence held out for a point.
Border TV were at the game, so highlights
should be on Monday night's Border Sports Action.