EYEMOUTH United’s beleaguered squad suffered tehir first defeat of teh season amidst tactical changes and an ongoing injury crisis.
Boss Carl Hudson admitted after the match that his team had gifted the game to Berwick with a series of uncharacteristic first-half errors.
The matchday squad was again depleted, given Eyemouth’s long-term injury list, with only two substitutes available to start on the bench.
That was in stark contrast to Rangers, who had new signings Dean Carse and Ross Braidie, ex-Aberdeen and Livingston respectively, on their bench.
United started by shuffling their backline, adopting a 5-3-2 formation.
But that had to change as it was obvous after twenty minutes and two goals that something mor streamlined like a 4-4-2 was required.
Berwick capitalised, first on slack work at the hart of the Eyemouth defence on a corner, and then when goalkeeper Mutch was guilty of overplaying with the ball at his feet.
Eyemouth rallied after their formation change, and nicked a goal back when Phillips got on the end of a free kick.
But then a missed tackle in allowed Berwick to restore their two-goal advantage.
After strenuous efforts and a better passing rhythm in the second half, Eyemouth managed to find another chink in the Berwick defence at a set play. Mark Bolton’s corner was converted by Lee Phillips, to bring the sides equal.
But the energy expended took a lot out of the visitors, although the final goal for Berwick was one of the luckiest of the season.
Finding time and space out on the wing as the defence retreated, Berwick’s winger slipped as he shaped to cross, and watched the misckicked balls sail over the keeper into the top corner
Hudson was sure that his players had learned an imprtant lesson: “The boys learnt they can’t give goals away to a team of Berwick’s ability.
“We really didn’t start well, or do ourselves justice. We just need to make sure we put in a better performance against Lothian Thistle, now. They beat us quite easily at our place recently, so it’s going to be another tough game.”
Team: A Mutch, J Wilson, G Windrum, A Spears, J Waddell, L Walker, M Bolton, J Brown, N Clarke, S Shennan, S Phillips. Subs C Lough, S Adamson.