Match Report

By Paul Smith


Scottish Football League Division Two
Stair Park, Stranraer

STRANRAER

1-1

BERWICK RANGERS

Jenkins 58 Duthie 19

Saturday, February 17, 2001


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 middle.

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 trip West.

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.


Post-Match Comments
Paul Smith
"I was delighted we took a point but disappointed because it could have been all three. After going ahead we should have had another before the interval.

"There 'keeper pulled off a couple of good saves and that was vital because they came back and equalised."


How They Lined Up
McLean
Gray Ritchie Neill (c)
 
McMartin Duthie
Anthony Neil Smith
 
Findlay Elliot
 

DTO Man of the Match- Alan Neill 8
yet another solid display from Alan Neil and his defence. Apart from Stranraer's goal!

Match Stats

9 Shots

17

7 Shots On Target 13
9 Corners 6
4 Off-Sides 0
12 Fouls 4
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

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Berwick Rangers
3-5-2
McLean 7
Findlay 7

Gray 8
 Ritchie 7
Neill 8
Anthony 7
 Neil 7
Elliot 7
Smith 7
Duthie 7
McMartin 7

Substitutes:
Pucko
Whelan (Duthie)
McNicoll
Walton (Smith)
Magee


Referee
Mr. Steve Conroy
A few dubious decisions, could have booked more, pretty poor.
Overall: 5/10
Referee's Table


Attendance:
417

Conditions:
Sunny


League Position:
Fifth

Next Match:
Arbroath
(H) Feb 24
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