Rangers let a two goal lead slip

BERWICK RANGERS 2CUMBERNAULD COLTS 2A late injury-time equaliser denied Berwick a much-needed win when they met Cumbernauld Colts in the Lowland League at Shielfield on Saturday.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 8:51 am
Updated Monday, 30th September 2019, 9:40 am
Action from Saturday's game against Cumbernauld. Picture by Alan Bell.

Berwick had led 2-0 and looked set to take all three points until Lewis Bonar struck twice to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

Rangers, with only one league win to their credit so far this season, opened the scoring after 32 minutes through Daniel Purves.

It was the only goal of the first half, although the Colts had a chance to draw level just before half-time when they were awarded a penalty, but Ross Kavanagh blasted over.

The second half was only a minute old when a free kick from Kevin Waugh made it 2-0, but the visitors pulled a goal back after 66 minutes when Bonar headed home from a Craig Holmes corner.

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With the final whistle beckoning, the clock had ticked over into injury time when Bonar netted the equaliser from a run and cross by Richard Kirwan.

Berwick manager Ian Little was naturally disappointed his side could not hang on for the win.

“We really need to start closing out games like this,” he said. “At 2-0 up we knew Cumbernauld were still in it and in the final minutes we should have been strong enough to hold out for the points.

“This was definitely a case of two points lost rather than a point won.

“But we don’t have a lot of time to dwell on it as the games are coming thick and fast for us.

“As I have said before, I don’t want to make excuses, but we are a young side and the players need to learn on the job.”

On Tuesday Berwick were due to face Spartans at Ainslie Park in Edinburgh in a league game, but the capital side had re-arranged cup match on Monday so the fixture has been postponed until a later date.

On Saturday Rangers will be back in action when they take on Kelty Hearts at Shielfield in the league. Kelty are currently second in the table on 18 points, just one behind leaders Bonnyrigg Rose, having played a game less.