Fightback earns draw for Blacks

HILLHEAD JORDANHILL 28BERWICK RFC 28Berwick staged a late fight back, coming from 28-13 down to earn a draw at Hillhead/Jordanhill and maintain their presence near the top of Scottish National League 3 on Saturday.

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 10:51 am
Updated Monday, 14th October 2019, 1:54 pm
Action from Saturday's game at Hillhead. Picture by Colin Hardie.

The Scremerston side looked to be down and out with quarter of an hour remaining, but then the home side had two players sin-binned, and when they were down to 13 men the Blacks took advantage.

First of all Gareth Hill went on a run which took him over three quarters of the length of the pitch. A couple of passes got him in a good position and he went over for a try which made the score 28-18.

Then, with nine minutes remaining, Aidan Rosie forced his way over under the posts and the relatively easy conversion got them right back in contention at, only three points behind at 28-25.

Suddenly it was game on again, and in what was a good match for the spectators to watch, both sets of fans were treated to an exciting finale.

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Hillhead looked as if they might hang on for a narrow victory, but just three minutes from the end Berwick were awarded a penalty, which they took full advantage of in front of the posts to earn a share of the spoils.

Earlier, Berwick had been trailing 28-10 at half-time. The home side had made the better start and an added blow for the Blacks was the loss of kicker Rory Hindhaugh with an arm injury.

The draw means Berwick have lost only one of their opening six games in the league and are well positioned near the top of the table with Greenock Wanderers, Ardrossan and Howe of Fife, although they have slipped from third to fourth.

Greenock, with six out of six, lead the way in 28 points, with Ardrossan second on 27, Howe of Fife third on 24 and Berwick fourth on 21.

Next Saturday Berwick are away again to Perthshire, who so far have won only one of their opening six games, and who have seven points to their credit, currently sitting in the bottom half of the table.

Meanwhile, Berwick 2nds lost 31-29 away to Gateshead 2nds (see match report on page 45).