Thomson scores on his debut
GRETNA 1BERWICK RANGERS 1New signing Hamish Thomson made an immediate impact, scoring on his debut for Berwick in a 1-1 draw at Gretna in the Lowland League on Saturday.
Thomson was only confirmed as a loan signing from Livingston on Friday and he went straight into the team for the match at Raydale Park.
He gave Rangers the lead with a header from a corner midway through the second half, but Ian Little’s side were unable to hang on for the victory, the home side battling back for a share of the spoils with an equaliser from Dean Watson.
The draw keeps Berwick in 11th place in the table with 20 points, whilst Gretna are 13th on 11.
After the game, manager Little said: “It was a scrappy game, but when Hamish scored on his debut I thought we might have done enough to win it.
“We need to start closing games like out when we go in front, but at the end of the day it’s a point away from home, which we will take and move onto the next one.”
The first half produced little by way of goalmouth chances with a Lewis Barr effort bringing out a save from the home keeper.
Sean Brennan also made a good save for Berwick, but in general the defences were on top and at the break it remained 0-0.
Into the second half and Brennan had to be alert to make another good save early on from close range.
The breakthrough eventually came after 68 minutes when Berwick won a corner and defender Thomson found space in the box to mark his first game in the black & gold with a headed goal.
But the lead lasted only six minutes as Gretna fought their way back and levelled after 74 minutes when Watson found the net with a shot from the edge of the box.
Dan Purves fired wide and substitute Grant Rose had a shot straight at the home keeper, but neither side could find a winner and in the end they both had to settle for a point.
Next Saturday (January 25) Berwick are home to East Kilbride, who are currently eighth in the table.