Berwick Rangers 1-1 Albion Rovers

Paul Currie put Berwick in front.
Paul Currie put Berwick in front.

Berwick Rangers took a point off Albion, who started the day as joint leaders of League Two.

But again they were left to rue a number of missed opportunities, particularly in the first half which meant they slipped further behind league leaders Arbroath - Rangers are now on eight points compared with the Red Lichties’ 15.

The Shielfielders took the lead through Paul Currie after 14 minutes with Mark McGuigan equalising three minutes before the break. Both sides also hit the bar in the first half, but the key moments probably came from the goalkeepers, Neil Parry and Michael Andrews, who both made defining saves in the second half.

With Lee Currie still suspended, striker Craig Dargo made his first start for Berwick, new defender Kerr Young made his home debut and Paul Currie returned from injury.

There was also another boost for Rangers with midfielder Ross Gray, sidelined since pre-season with a knee ligament injury, starting on the bench.

In the opening minutes two Albion crosses into the box caused problems for the home defence, whilst a Darren Lavery cross from the left forced the visitors to clear for a corner.

Berwick opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Lavery dribbled his way past four players on the right. He slipped the ball to David Gold whose cross was turned in at the back post by Paul Currie, Dargo having made a good decoy run.

After 18 minutes Albion were unlucky when a Gary Phillips header from eight yards out bounced back off the crossbar.

And after 23 minutes Lavery was equally unfortunate when his first-time effort from a Scott Maxwell free kick also came back off the bar at the other end.

A Maxwell shot was hit straight at Neil Parry after a good build-up through the middle.

But in 42 minutes, and against the run of play, Albion equalised when Berwick player-manager Colin Cameron was caught in possession on the edge of the 18 yard box and a Mark McGuigan shot hit both posts before crossing the line.

At the start of the second half Parry made a superb reaction save to deny Young from a close range header following a cross by Maxwell.

Berwick had the ball in the net after 63 minutes following a goalmouth scramble when Parry lost possession, but the effort was ruled out by referee Barry Cook.

Substitute Josh Mullin headed into the side netting. In the 83rd minute Maxwell pulled a shot wide for Berwick and Gray, on as a sub, beat his man before curling a shot wide of the far post.

In the very last minute Andrews made a great save to deny McGuigan a late winner, with Stevie Notman clearing the loose ball off the line.

Berwick Rangers: Andrews, Notman, Jacobs, Young, Tulloch, Cameron (Gray 72), P Currie, Gold, Maxwell, Lavery (Willis 81), Dargo (Dalziel 60).

Albion Rovers: Parry, Reid, Turnbull, Young, R Dunlop, M Dunlop, McKenzie, Fisher, (Mullin 70), McGuigan, McNeil (Cusack 58), Phillips.

Referee: Barry Cook.

Attendance: 489.