The strong wind over Easthouses’ exposed ground played havoc with attempts to play football though the home team were happy enough as they avenged the previous week’s Qualifying League loss at Shielfield by taking all three league points from this game.
The wind was so bad that on three occasions, kicks from Berwick keeper Kieran Beveridge blew back the wrong way to present Easthouses with corners. It also influenced Berwick’s only booking of the match when Allan Hay, in making a tackle, unavoidably made contact with the man simply because the ball had blown away!
Easthouses took advantage of having the wind at their backs to build up a 3-0 lead before the interval. Alistair Elliot’s 10th minute opener was followed by two goals from Scott Borthwick, the first a volley at the back post, the second a header from a corner.
These two players then teamed up for the home side’s fourth goal five minutes into the second half. Borthwick played the ball through from midfield with Easthouses’ Elliot getting away from Berwick namesake James and Hay en route to his second goal.
The Reserves brought some respectability to the final scoreline with two goals of their own. In the 67th minute, Ewan Saunderson slammed in a 12 yard volley on the end of Chris Roxburgh’s corner kick. Roxburgh then scored himself, getting the final touch to Hay’s long pass from the halfway line.
Berwick Res: Beveridge, Saunderson, Brady, Hay, J.Elliot, Anderson ( Meikle 65 ), Miller, C.Scott, G.Tulloch, Roxburgh, Carse