Colts pay price for poor first half show

Melrose 3-2 Berwick Colts

Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 10:57 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 18:41 pm

Berwick Colts gave themselves a huge mountain to climb by turning in an abject first half performance against Melrose at Netherdale in monsoon conditions.

Melrose asserted themselves from kick-off and Benzies had to be alert in goal to pull off a fine double save with just seven minutes played. Melrose deservedly went in front after 15 minutes and were unlucky not to double their lead when a thundrous shot from 35 yards rattled the crossbar.

Melrose finally added a second goal on the half hour mark when a Berwick attack down the left wing was intercepted and Melrose headed home from a fine inswinging early cross.

Berwick were back in the game with just three second half minutes played when Windram clinically steered the ball home after Kantas used his strength well to create the opening. Berwicks comeback proved short-lived when Melrose caught the defence napping with another headed goal just minutes later.

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Berwicks passing game began to pay dividends and Windram shot wide.

With 15 minutes remaining and Berwick applying constant pressure to a tiring Melrose defence,the second goal duly arrived when a defender turned the ball past his own keeper from Maden’s low cross.