Honours even in the Colts' last home game

BERWICK COLTS 2 SELKIRK VICTORIA 2

Thursday, 13th April 2017, 9:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:20 pm

Berwick’s final Border Amateur C Division home game of the season was switched to a Friday evening kick-off and a bumper crowd of almost 100 watched the young Colts take on bottom side Selkirk.

Berwick clicked straight from kick-off and Kantas and Briggs were proving a real handful for the visitors’ defence but it was winger Evan Smith who broke the deadlock with a sublime piece of skill when his first touch left a defender for dead before he chipped the keeper from 25 yards out from the tightest of angles.

With eight minutes of the half remaining, Selkirk were back level when a quick throw in and cross committed Hastie to his near-post but the ball squeezed across the face of goal and Selkirk drilled the ball into the unguarded goal from close range.

Selkirk took an early second-half lead when Cameron Fair scored with an impressive first-time strike that caught Berwick off guard.

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But the lead only lasted three minutes when Kantas played Briggs in the clear and the Colts top-scorer kept his cool to score with a low drive.

With the game there for the taking, Grant Brownlee almost swung it in favour of Selkirk when his well-hit strike from outside the box struck the crossbar.

Berwick can feel hard done to when they saw two strong penalty appeals waved away in the space of 20 minutes but they played on and with 15 minutes remaining, should have gone in front when Muckle played Briggs clean through but, with just the keeper to beat, he delayed his shot and took two extra touches and the defender managed to get back to block his effort.

Selkirk finished the game strongly and could have quite easily grabbed a late winner but Steven Hastie pulled off two top-class saves in the last five minutes to ensure the points were shared.

Ball sponsor: Tracey Coote. Match sponsor: Merse Holiday Cottages, Hutton Castle Barns