Adamson spares Rangers’ blushes with late equaliser

Albion Rovers 1-1 Berwick Rangers

Monday, 4th March 2019, 2:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 10:37 am
Berwick Rangers Fooball Club Crest

A late equaliser from striker Calum Adamson saved Berwick’s blushes when they faced Albion Rovers in their basement battle at Coatbridge on Saturday.

Rangers looked as if they were heading to defeat, which would have cut the gap at the bottom of Scottish League 2 to only four points, before Adamson popped up to net for the visitors in the 87th minute.

The draw means Berwick remain seven points clear of Rovers in the relegation play-off battle, and afterwards a relieved manager Johnny Harvey admitted: “Yes, we left it late, but we had to look at the bigger picture, and that was staying at least seven points clear of Albion. What we certainly didn’t want to do was lose the game, because that would have meant putting more pressure on ourselves.

“As it is, we have a big run-in to the end of the season. We are not where we want to be, we are at the wrong end of the table, but we will fight to the end.”

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Albion were the better of the two sides in the first half, creating several decent chances.

They took the lead after 15 minutes when George Newell found the bottom corner of the net after being set up by Giuliano Morena.

Rangers’ keeper Sean Brennan had to make two good saves to deny Gregor Fotheringham and Bryan Wharton, whilst Berwick’s best effort was a header from a corner by Dougie Brydon.

In the second half Fotheringham had another shot saved by Brennan before the visitors started to find some form. Andrew Forbes and Cameron Blues both shot wide before Brydon had an effort saved.

Late in the game Newell was denied by Brennan as Albion tried to extend their advantage, but on 87 minutes Adamson proved to be Berwick’s saviour, shooting high into the roof of the net from inside the box.

In injury time Albion went close to a late winner, but again Brennan was their equal.