Berwick lose to namesakes in tough game

NORTH BERWICK 33

Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 10:08 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:26 pm

BERWICK 26

Berwick started the game playing down the hill as they travelled to North Berwick.

However, it was the home side that scored the first chance of the game through the boot of fly half Liam West to give them an early 3-0 lead.

Berwick fought back quickly by scoring a well-deserved try through centre Lee Douglas. Jack Webster added the conversion and Berwick were in front 3-7.

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The game was open, with both sides concentrating on attack, and Berwick were lucky not to lose the lead as North Berwick scorned a clear chance to score by dropping the ball.

However, the home side picked themselves up and scored a lovely try of their own through scrum half Ethan Telfer. The conversion was missed, but North Berwick had edged themselves in front 8-7.

North Berwick then had their number eight Jamie Dove sent to the sin bin for a kick. He had only just returned to the pitch when he tackled dangerously, meaning that he received a second yellow, followed by the mandatory red card.

Berwick turned the superior numbers in the scrum to their advantage as they drove towards the line. North Berwick collapsed the scrum again and this time the referee marched under the posts to award a penalty try. Webster converted to make it 8-14 to Berwick, which was the score at the break.

With uncontested scrums, North Berwick were able to close the gap with another well taken penalty kick from West to make it 11-14. Berwick then produced a lovely try as they recycled the ball through a dozen pairs of hands before Scott Owens surged across the line to touch down. The conversion was good from Webster and Berwick led 11-21.

It was Berwick’s turn to lose a man to the sin bin as Gary Flint was yellow carded for the use of the boot. With both sides equal in numbers, the game tightened considerably and the home side were on the ascendency. A try was only a matter of time and it duly arrived from an uncontested scrum, the conversion making it 18-21.

Another try followed from another uncontested scrum five metres out. The ball was shifted back to the blind side, allowing the winger to score a well worked try. West missed the extra points, but North Berwick had taken the lead 23-21.

Berwick fell foul of the referee and gave away another penalty, which saw North Berwick extend their lead to 26-21.

Berwick were still in the hunt, but poor execution saw two scoring chances go begging before North Berwick landed a sucker punch. A good line out take saw them spin it wide and a smart dummy from the inside centre saw him through the gap and under the posts. The conversion made it 33-21.

Berwick were playing some fast rugby in an attempt to get back into the game, and as the clock ran down Lee Douglas gave them hope by scoring to take the score to 33-26.

However, the clock ran down with no further scoring and Berwick lost out.

The first team starts the first in a series of home games this coming weekend as they face Linlithgow at home, with a 3pm kick off.