Berwick suffer agony of last-gasp defeat


Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 8:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 8:53 am
Berwick Rugby Club v Dalziel at Scremerston
Berwick Rugby Club v Dalziel at Scremerston


Berwick’s hopes to National League 3 survival were dealt a cruel blow when they suffered a last minute defeat at home to Dalziel.

The Scremerston side trailed for most of the match, but took the lead for the first time at 27-26 when the Glasgow side had a player sin-binned.

However, the Blacks were unable to hold on as the visitors applied increasing pressure towards the end and Baxendale went over for a vital try to sneak a score and the win.

In the first half Dalziel took an early lead through King, with Emery adding the conversion.

Jack Webster pulled it back to 3-7 with Jack Webster adding a penalty, but a second Dalziel try scored by Moon saw the visitors extend their lead to 3-12.

Almost immediately, Lee Douglas went over, and with Webster adding the conversion the Blacks trailed 10-12 at the break.

There was a further set-back for the home side when Dalziel added a third try through Moon, under the posts, straight from kick-off at the start of the second half, with McEwan kicking the extras to put his side 10-19 in front.

A Jamie pick try, converted by Webster, saw Berwick pull it back to 17-19, but in a see-saw encounter, Thornton went over for the visitors, with McEwN converting, to re-establish the visitors’ advantage at 17-26.

Thornton was then sin-binned, and with Webster kicking the penalty Berwick cut the deficit to 20-26.

And with the visitors down to 14, Berwick took full advantage with Black touching down between the posts, Webster adding the conversion to out the Scremerston side in front for the first time at 27-26.

But Dalziel hit back, and right at the death Baxendale went over for snother try which gave the visitors a last gasp victory.

The defeat leaves Berwick second from bottom of National League 3, with 21 points from their 18 games, eight adrift of East Kilbride, the team immediately above them in the table.