Reserves bounce back from Cup Final defeat


BERWICK RANGERS RES 4 HAWICK ROYAL ALBERT 1: Berwick Reserves prepared for their King Cup semi final at Preston Athletic with this not wholly convincing performance.

Callum Wyllie was able to play as missing Rangers’ 4-2 City Cup Final defeat at Gretna four days earlier counted as his one match suspension following dismissal against Easthouses. He still managed to get into trouble again, being booked for dissent.

It was worse for Hawick who played three quarters of the match with ten men, Gordon Ramsay shown red for impersonating his more famous culinary namesake.

Statistics show that in the first half, despite playing against the wind, Berwick fired over the bar six times. In the second, as well as three legitimate goals, they had the ball in the net on a further four occasions only to fall foul of Hawick’s offside trap.

It was only in the final quarter that the Reserves saw off the tiring Teries. Yet, they opened with a peach of a goal in the 10th minute from Wyllie..

Hawick equalised right on half-time with a header from Martin King.

Rangers went back in front on 69 minutes through Keith Lough. Ten minutes later, Ewan Saunderson sent O’Brien away to score, Hawick’s expectations of an offside whistle failing to materialise.

Six minutes from time Wyllie, fouled by Innes Zennati, successfully dispatched from the penalty spot.

Berwick Reserves: Beveridge, Saunderson, Brady, Hay, Lancaster, Fairbairn (Rae 86), O’Brien, Lough, Hoskins, Wyllie, Todd (Scott 78).