Ra\ngers draw a blank and make their point
Annan Athletic 0-0 Berwick Rangers
Berwick took another step towards their Scottish League 2 survival by picking up a point from a 0-0 draw at Annan.
The game wasn’t a classic, but Rangers continued their form of recent games, proving they are a difficult side to beat, although Annan went closest to breaking the deadlock when they hit the woodwork in the second half.
Berwick made a bright start and Declan O’Kane had an early shot wide before Jack Hamilton had a shot saved in the bottom corner.
Central defender Robert Wilson then headed over from a free kick, Paul Willis fired over from a free kick and Darren Lavery headed wide as the visitors made all the running.
Stevie Notman then had a shot saved as the home side continued to find themselves on the defence, before Annan finally awoke from their slumber.
First of all Aidan Smith had a shot saved by Robby McCrorie before Ayrton Sonkur headed over from a corner.
Steven Thomson shot over for Berwick, but at half-time it remained 0-0.
In the second half chances fell at either end in the first quarter.
Scott Roberts had an early shot blocked for the home side, Smith shot wide and Former Rangers’ striker Blair Henderson had a shot saved by Robby McCrorie.
But Berwick were in the ascendency and Willis shot wide before Thomson shot wide and also had an effort saved.
Gradually Annan started to express themselves more and Owen Moxon, substitute Ben Armour, Smith and Jack Brannan all created chances, with the latter hitting the crossbar.
O’Kane had a shot saved for Berwick and Jack Hamilton shot over from a difficult angle, just seconds before he was replaced by Ousman See.
But this was a game which always looked destined for a draw and Berwick left with a point, which lifted them level with eighth placed Edinburgh (ninth on goal difference) and maintained their ten point advantage over basement side Cowdenbeath.
Annan: Mitchell, Brannan, Sonkur, Swinglehurst, Horne, Henry (Hannay 89), Roberts, Moxon, Smith, Sinnamon (Armour 67), Henderson.
Berwick: McCrorie, Stewart, Wilson, Todd, Orru, Notman, O’Kane, Willis, Lavery, Thomson (Phillips 78), Hamilton (See 82).