Chirnside Utd Colts 5-5 Langholm Legion

Picture: Kimberley Powell
Picture: Kimberley Powell

Chirnside Colts and Langholm had to settle for a share of the points after battling out a ten-goal thriller on Saturday.

With Chirnside desperate for points to avoid relegation and Langholm looking to maintain their title charge, this Border Amateur League Division B match was set up nicely.

The home side were boosted by some new signings whilst Langholm were forced into a late change, when time keeping problems made top scorer Mattinson miss the kick off and he started from the bench.

Chirnside opened the brighter of the two sides and they took the lead following a succession of corners.

Langholm tried to put some moves together on the bumpy surface and they drew level with a header from a corner.

But Chirnside stepped up the pace as the half progressed and they added another three goals before the break to go 4-1 in front.

Langholm then changed formation and were rewarded with a second goal which made it 4-2 at the break.

The visitors started the better in the second half and got it back to 4-3, but again the Colts reacted and another goal from them saw them move 5-3 in front.

Langholm then threw everything into attack and a goal from close range made it 5-4.

They then hit the post as Chirnside defended desperately, but the home side were then reduced to ten men with a player receiving a straight red card for lashing out and Langholm took advantage to score again to level it up at 5-5 with eight minutes remaining.

Langholm fishing strongly but could not find a way through for the winner and the final whistle went with both sets of players feeling frustrated for different reasons. Both teams also thought they could have won the fixture.