Lavery starts where he left off with goal in opening friendly

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Berwick Rangers began the build-up to the new campaign when they kicked off their programme of pre-season friendlies at Ashington on Sunday.

The game finished 1-1 with last year’s leading scorer, Darren Lavery, netting the Borderers’ goal.

In what turned out to be an entertaining game Lavery opened the scoring early in the second half.

However this sparked Ashington into life. First new ‘keeper Paul Grant was forced to make a sublime save, tipping a header onto the post.

Then Ashington were awarded a penalty, which to Berwick’s relief, was blasted over.

Rangers made several changes with the likes of Josh Morris, and trialists entering the fray, but Ashington continued to push and were awarded a second penalty - only to see them denied again by the excellent Grant.

Grant was then replaced by Berwick’s other recent goalkeeping acquisition, Billy Bald, and before long the inevitable happened Ashington drew level when one of their players bundled the ball over the line from close range.

On Tuesday night Berwick were due to play at Brechin in another friendly. Their first home match is against Oxford on Saturday (July 13) kicking-off 3pm.

Admission prices for this game are £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.

Season Tickets will be on sale at the main office block during the course of the afternoon.

Berwick are hoping to give a number of trialists a run-out during the friendlies, with a view to adding a new defender, wide player and a striker to their squad.