Dean Carse scored a first half hat-trick as Berwick Reserves completed a Qualifying League double over Peebles to add to last week’s League win over the Whitestone Park side.
The first half was frequently interrupted by the referee’e whistle, the majority of fouls committed by Peebles men. None were booked, ex-Berwick Reserve Jason Darling the luckiest to escape sanction for clipping the heels of energetic midfielder Conor Scott.
In the 9th minute, Rovers keeper Chris Malcolm faced an unenviable two on one situation after his team lost possession inside the home half. Ewan Saunderson swiftly dispatched the ball downfield where Owen Ronald passed to Carse for the opener.
Scott led the charge out of defence on 25 minutes to supply Chris Roxburgh on the right. Ronald couldn’t get a foot to his delivery into the box but Carse did at the far post to double the lead.
When Jon Manson tumbled Roxburgh, Carse took the gentlest of penalty kicks, his soft lob dropping into Malcolm’s arms. In first half injury time, and in more decisive fashion, Carse swept the rebound into the net after Malcolm stopped Roxburgh’s shot with his feet.
The new half was minutes old when Carse repaid Ronald for the first goal with a ball which the on-loan player could hardly miss right in front of goal. Reserves’ coach Mark Lamb believed this early score killed the game though Peebles went on to enjoy the greater share of second half possession. Scott Sutherland wasted a great chance created by Yusif Bernawi’s fancy footwork. Asher Tufail saved Frankie Arthur’s free kick whilst both Bernawi and Craig Edgar saw shots fly over the bar.
At the opposite end, Finlayson, Saunderson and Elliot, the latter part of a 70th minute triple substitution, were equally guilty of overestimating the height of the bar, each in turn, firing over the top.
Berwick Rangers Reserves: Tufail, Saunderson, Brady ( Gill 70 ), Fairbairn, Hay ( Elliot 70 ), Anderson ( G.Tulloch 70 ), Finlayson, C.Scott, Roxburgh, Carse, Ronald.