As you were as Rangers and Edinburgh draw at Shielfield

Berwick Rangers 1-1 Edinburgh City

Monday, 26th March 2018, 16:00 pm
Updated Monday, 26th March 2018, 16:03 pm

It was honours even when Berwick and fellow strugglers Edinburgh City drew 1-1 at Shielfield on Saturday.

With only one point separating the teams before kick-off, this was a game neither side wanted to lose and this was reflected in the quality of the play.

After a poor first half, Jack Hamilton put Berwick in front ten minutes into the second half, but ten minutes later Ashley Grimes equalised for the visitors.

With bottom side Cowdenbeath also drawing it was a case of as you were in the basement stakes.

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Berwick captain Stevie Notman was the first to try his luck after eight minutes with a shot from the right which fizzed across the face of the goal, but minutes later, Jamie Todd almost turned the ball into his own net as he attempted a back-pass to Robby McCrorie.

Paul Willis then shot over when a corner fell to him on the edge of the box, but in truth neither side looked comfortable in front of goal, typified by a Grimes miscue with just the home keeper to beat.

The second half also got off to a slow start, but on 55 minutes Rangers managed to break the deadlock when a long through ball from the back found Hamilton. The young striker appeared to stumble, but managed to keep his feet to slot it past Calum Antell.

The lead only lasted ten minutes, however, as on 65 minutes Edinburgh equalised when Grimes fired in a low shot from the edge of the box.

Berwick had a strong claim for a penalty turned aside when Willis went down in the box and Willis also had a shot blocked after Antell fumbled, but neither side truthfully troubled either goalkeeper and the match petered out to a draw.

The result meant Berwick have failed to beat Edinburgh in five attempts this season, and took their run to only one win in the last 14 games.

After the game Willis said he felt he should have been awarded a penalty for the foul. “Even some of the Edinburgh players said afterwards that it was a penalty,” he said, “but these are the sort of decisions which go against you when you are struggling near the bottom.

“A point is a point, but we need to start winning games if we are to climb away from the foot of the table. Three points for a win is a big difference and it would give everyone such a boost to their confidence.

“Everyone in the dressing room believes we have what it takes to avoid the play-offs and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks.”

Berwick: McCrorie, Orru, Wilson, Todd, Phillips, Stewart, Notman, Willis, O’Kane, Hamilton (Murrell 84), See (Lavery 73).

Edinburgh: Antell, Laird, Thomson, Blues, Beattie (Rodger 24), Scullion, Grimes, El Alagui, Dunn, Tena, Taylor (Trialist 78).

Referee: Duncan Williams.

Attendance: 516.