Oxford hit back to beat Berwick in friendly

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BERWICK RANGERS 1, OXFORD UNITED 2

Berwick were beaten in their first home pre-season game when they played League Two Oxford United at Shielfield.

Berwick took an early lead through Josh Morris, and held out to half-time, but a second half penalty from Asa Hall and a thunderbolt from substitute Sean Rigg saw the visitors turn things around.

James Coustable chases Berwick trialist Lewis Turner'Berwick Rangers v Oxford United'preseason friendly

James Coustable chases Berwick trialist Lewis Turner'Berwick Rangers v Oxford United'preseason friendly

Hall sent Paul Grant the wrong way from the spot after 63 minutes following a hand ball from a corner, and after 71 minutes Rigg rifled the ball home from a central position after Tom Newey delivered a free kick from the left.

Later in the game Scorr Dalziel had a great chance to draw level for Berwick, but his shot from only four yards out was hit straight at Ryan Clarke, and after 84 minutes last year’s leading scorer Darren Lavery pulled a shot wide.

In the first half Josh Morris fired Berwick in front after just 90 seconds when Dean Hoskins pressed forward down the left. As he played the ball in Michael Raynes failed to clear and Morris turned and hit a scuffed shot into the bottom corner past Ryan Clarke.

Berwick gave a good account of themselves, but after 17 minutes they were dealt a blow when Neil Janczyk limped off and he was replaced by Damien Gielty.

Alfie Potter and Dean Hoskins'Berwick Rangers v Oxford United'preseason friendly

Alfie Potter and Dean Hoskins'Berwick Rangers v Oxford United'preseason friendly

Oxford, with Dave Kitson prominent up front, came more into the game, but it was James Constable who had the better of the chances.

First of all he headed just wide, then he had a shot from the left which bounced back offf the inside of the post and with half-time approaching he also headed wide from a corner.

Berwick Rangers: Grant, Turner (Saunderson 79), Hoskins (Brady 65), Murdoch (Fairbairn 65), Tulloch, Janczyk (Gielty 17), Morris, Currie, Lavery, Dalziel (Miekle 79), Martin (Carse 75).