In the end the Dingers had to settle for a point, but they know this was a performance way below their best.
Both sides struggled to exert their authority on the game in the early stages, and after almost half an hour of insipid, toothless play, Duns took the lead in the 29th minute through Marty Tait.
Literally from the restart the Shipyard went up the park and in a vain attempt to defend Kieran Lee upended the attacker in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. There were no complaints from the Duns players as Ewan Henderson netted from the spot to make it 1-1 at half-time.
The second half was played in bright sunshine, but unfortunately, the offering on the park did not match the conditions.
It wasn’t until Michael Robinson burst through after 74 minutes, bearing down on goal and netting with a low shot which beat the keeper to his left that any life was injected intonthe match.
This was Robinson’s 20th goal for the club, making him the squad’s leading striker.
As the game wound down to its conclusion the home side were looking more and more dangerous and in an unexplained four added minutes Ethan Anderson prodded home in a six yard box melee to earn his side a share of the spoils.
The draw maintained Duns’ unbeaten start to the league season, but the team know they can play a lot better.
Next Saturday (September 27), Duns are away against Hawick Royal Albert at Albert Park. When the teams met at Albert Park last season the game ended 3-3 with a brace from Robinson and one from Stevie Shennan..
Duns: Tansey, Chisholm, Walker, McHoul, Ainslie, J Brydon, McGregor, Tait, Shennan, Robinson, Lee. Unused subs - Burns, Hastie.