Six goals and woodwork takes a hammering in dramatic draw
Clyde 3-3 Berwick Rangers
Berwick manager Johnny Harvey had mixed emotions after watching his side take a point from an action-packed 3-3 draw at Broadwood against Clyde on Saturday.
Rangers led 3-0 at half-time with two goals from a trialist and one from Paul Willis, but Clyde hit back in the second half with goals from David Goodwillie, David Cogill and John Rankin earning the Bully Wee a share of the spoils.
“To lead 3-0 at half-time and only come away with a point is a disappointment,” admitted Harvey.
“But this was a great game of football from two attack-minded sides and with the woodwork being rattled on numerous occasions it must have been a tremendous game for the fans.”
The draw meant Clyde retained third place in Scottish League 2 with Berwick dropping down one place to ninth.
Clyde had the better of the opening exchanges with Martin McNiff, Kristoffer Syvertsen and David Goodwillie all going close before the trialist gave Berwick the lead after 18 minutes with a shot from a central position.
Within a minute Syvertsen almost got Clyde back on level terms when he hit a post from a shot inside the box.
Clyde continued to press and Goodwillie shot over, Kevin Nichols headed against a post and Syvertsen shot wide.
After 28 minutes Berwick striker Daryl Healy was forced to leave the field through injury and he was replaced by Aaron Murrell.
John Rankin then had a shot saved by Berwick keeper Sean Brennan, but on 36 minutes the Borderers doubled their advantage when the trialist netted his second after being set up by Ross Brown.
Chances continued to fall at both ends with Chris McStay having a shot saved for Clyde and Murrell hitting the crossbar with a shot.
In first half stoppage time Willis struck Rangers’ third goal with a free kick which found the bottom corner of the net.
Clyde came out the blocks flying in the second half and after McStay, Jack Boyle and Goodwillie all went close, the hosts pulled a goal back after 54 minutes when Goodwillie struck after being set up my Mark Lamont.
Rankin then shot over before David Cogill reduced the arrears even further after 64 minutes with a close range effort after again being set up by Lamont.
And on 69 minutes Lamont was again instrumental as he set Rankin up for the equaliser with a shot into the bottom corner.
At this stage it was anyone’s game and the chances continued to flow at either end with Declan O’Kane and Murrell (twice) going close for Berwick, Rankin (twice) and Goodwillie (twice) doing likewise for Clyde.
In the final minutes there was even more drama with both sides hitting the woodwork, Grant hitting a post for Clyde and Jordan Orru striking the cross bar for Berwick.
In stoppage time Goodwillie and Rankin both had shots blocked and McStay had a shot saved by Brennan as the home side tried to finish with a flourish.
“A point shows we are moving in the right direction,” but from 3-0 up it could have been more,” said Harvey. “Concentration is key in games like this, it was a match which could have gone either way, but we will learn from it and move on.”
*On Saturday Rangers are home to Peterhead (3pm KO)
Clyde: Currie, Cuddihy, Coghill (Belmokhtar 80), McNiff (Rumsby 38), Grant, McStay, Nicholl, Rankin, Syvertsen, Goodwillie, Lamont.
Berwick: Brennan, Trialist, Cook, Wilson, Orr, Brown, O’Kane, Neill (Phillips 63), Trialist, Willis, Healy (Murrell 28 (Hurst 93)).
Referee: Steven Kirkland.