Rosie the last gasp try hero for Berwick
Berwick 23-21 Forrester
Berwick began their BT East Regional Division with a hard won, gutsy victory over Forrester at Scremerston on Saturday.
Berwick began the game well pressurising the Forrester line and were awarded a penalty in front of the post that was easily dispatched by Webster to give Berwick an early THREE points.
Soon after the restart Berwick stole the ball and after some fine passing it was Nathan Trotter who off loaded a terrific pass to Aidan Rosie who scored a fine unconverted try in the corner.
It was Forrester who now started to attack Berwick’s line and after a couple of missed tackles their number 10 touched down under the posts to score and leave a simple conversion to make the score 8-7 to Berwick.
It was Berwick who scored next and a fine forwards drive resulted in Captain Gareth Black crossing the line to score a converted try. Berwick should have been looking to go into the interval with a comfortable lead however indiscipline cost them dearly and from scoring a try until the interval Berwick gave away two simple penalties meaning that they went into the break with a narrow 15-13 lead.
Indiscipline continued to haunt Berwick at the start of the second half and shortly after the kick off they gave away another penalty that the Forrester number10 slotted over from the touch line to give Forrester the lead for the first time in the game.
Berwick, however, fought back and after a number of infringements it was Forrester who gave away a penalty in front of the posts that Webster converted to give Berwick a narrow two point lead.
Forrester were still pushing for victory and continued to attack at every opportunity and their persistence was rewarded when they scored a try in the corner to take a 18-21 lead with only seven minutes left.
Credit to a Berwick team who didn’t let their heads go down and after a fine take from Scott Owens from the kick-off Berwick went on the hunt for the score that would give them victory and it was young Aidan Rosie who kept a cool head and dived over in the corner in the last movement to give Berwick the narrowest of victories.
Both teams can take a lot of positives from the game and Berwick will be particularly pleased by the fine performance of debutants Andrew Forrest and double try scorer Rosie, who both moved up from the Colts this season.
Congratulations go to all the Berwick teams this weekend with the Colts recording a fine victory at Kelso and the under 13’s, 14’s, 15’s and 16’s all recording victories against their respective teams from Musselburgh.