Reserves lose final game to champions

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CRAIGROYSTON 3 BERWICK RESERVES 1: Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little, present to observe the Reserves’ players, made a cameo appearance as a stoppage time substitute against the newly crowned East of Scotland First Division champions.

Despite torrential rain, the St.Mark’s Park pitch was in excellent condition allowing for a fast, entertaining game even though there was nothing at stake in this, both sides’ final league game of the season.

Craigroyston went ahead in the 18th minute. An Errol Douglas shot was parried by Asher Tufail but Steven Moncur was on the spot to return the ball into the net from close range.

Callum Wyllie and Josh Morris both fired over the bar as Berwick went in search of a goal but it was the Edinburgh team who scored again two minutes from the break. Mark Hendrie punished Berwick’s inability to get the ball out of the danger zone by netting from six yards.

An improved second half display saw Berwick back in the match on the hour when Greig Smith and Kenny O’Brien exchanged passes before the latter fired home from the edge of the box. Morris had a chance to level ten minutes later after swivelling past his marker only to once again send the ball over the top.

The Reserves were finally undone eight minutes from time. Dean Hoskins retrieved the ball near the byeline and attempted to shimmy round Hendrie but fell over in the process. A grateful Hendrie passed to Moncur who bagged his second goal, again from close range.